Construction work a little safer last year

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Construction workers across the nation worked more but were injured less often last year.

The non-fatal injuries and illnesses case rate decreased from 6.3 cases per 100 workers during 2005 to 5.9 percent last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Construction injuries and illnesses totaled 412,900 last year, down from 414,900 from 2005.

The number of construction hours worked increased 6 percent last year.

Also, construction accounted for 10.4 percent of the nation’s 3.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries last year. Manufacturing accounted for 20.1 percent and the service sector 67.6 percent.

For occupational illnesses, construction’s share of the total last year was 4.6 percent compared to 36 percent for manufacturing and 20.7 percent for the health care sector.