Trends in Occupational Fatalities and Industry Growth for Construction Industry in the United States
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The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the United States and in the world. The U.S. construction industry accounted for 4.5% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2006, and 8% of the workforce. Thus, the relationship between GDP, population, and construction volume could show an impact on the number of construction fatalities. The results of this study showed that an increase in GDP is an indicator of an increase in construction volume as well as an increase in population at the state level. The study also shows that an increase in these variables has led to an increase in construction related work fatalities. The relationship between these four variables and union membership (approximated by each state's right to work laws) was also investigated. It is concluded that population is a strong predictor of fatalities. Statistically the union states have a lower fatality rate than non-union (right to work) states.
Dogan, Yildirim (2010). Trends in Occupational Fatalities and Industry Growth for Construction Industry in the United States. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from