2019 Residential construction stats

Occupation

Top three occupations with total injuries (1,121)

Occupations Total Percentage
Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters 207 18.47%
Trades helpers and labourers 198 17.66%
Electrical trades and telecommunication occupations 173 15.43%

Top three occupations with time loss injuries (383)

Occupations Total Percentage
Trades helpers and labourers 71 18.54%
Carpenters and cabinetmakers 67 17.49%
Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters 62 16.19%

Causes

Top five causes for total injury Claims total Percentage
Contact with objects and equipment 536 47.81%
Bodily reaction and exertion 281 25.07%
Falls 205 18.29%
Exposure to harmful substances or environments 65 5.80%
Transportation accidents 18 1.61%
Top five causes for time loss injuries Claims total Percentage
Bodily reaction and exertion 145 37.86%
Falls 118 30.81%
Contact with objects and equipment 102 26.63%
Exposure to harmful substances or environments 10 2.61%
Transportation accidents 5 1.31%

Body parts

Top three body parts with total injuries (1,121) Claims total Percentage
Hand 322 28.72%
Leg 148 13.20%
Back 129 11.51%
Top three body parts with time loss injuries (383) Claims total Percentage
Back 71 18.54%
Hand 69 18.02%
Leg 66 17.23%

Contact with objects and equipment is the most common cause of injury in residential construction.

54.10% of these injuries are to the hand

The most common of these injuries are due to struck by swinging or slipping object such as cutting handtools – nonpowered.

15.49% of these injuries are to the eye

The most common of these injuries are due to struck by flying object such as chips, particles, splinters.

9.70% of these injuries are to the head

The most common of these injuries are due to struck by swinging or slipping object such as striking and nailing handtools – nonpowered.

Bodily reaction and exertion is the other major cause of injury in residential construction.

31.67% of these injuries are to the back

The most common of these injuries are due to overexertion in lifting such as heating and cooking machinery and appliances.

24.56% of these injuries are to the leg

The most common of these injuries are due to bending, climbing, crawling, reaching, twisting such as bodily motion or position of injured, ill worker.

17.79% of these injuries are to the shoulder

The most common of these injuries are due to other bodily reaction and exertion such as bodily motion or position of injured, ill worker.