Safety

Report: “Caught-In/Between” Fatalities on the Rise

The number of “caught-in/between” (CIB) fatalities of construction workers, which includes door and window installers, increased 33.3 percent from 2011 to 2015, according to a recent report by CPWR. The increase surpassed the 26.1-percent growth rate of overall fatalities during that time, accounting for approximately 8 percent of construction fatalities.

“When stratified into more detailed categories, more than two in three (68.6 percent) of CIB fatalities that occurred from 2011 to 2015 were due to being caught or crushed in collapsing mate-rials,” reads the report. “The number of such deaths increased 50 percent, from 32 in 2011 to 48 in 2015, while deaths due to being caught or compressed by equipment or objects stayed relatively stable during the same period.”

In the residential building sector, there were 24 fatal CIB injuries from 2011 to 2015. Of those deaths, five were caused by being caught/com-pressed by an object or equipment and 19 were caused by being caught/crushed in collapsing materials.

Remodeling

Remodeling Confidence Slips in First Quarter

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 57 in the first quarter of 2018, down three points from the previous quarter and back to the same level as the third quarter of 2017.

The RMI has been above 50, indicating that more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the prior quarter than report it is lower, since the second quarter of 2013.

Labor

Report: Construction Employment Rises

A new construction employment analysis from the National Association of Home Builders shows that 9.8 mil-lion people worked in construction in 2016, with more than 3.8 million working in residential construction. These numbers reflect modest but steady job gains since 2011, when construction employment bottomed out. However, employment levels remain below the peaks reached during the housing boom in 2006, when more than 11 mil-lion worked in construction.

Additionally, residential specialty trade contractors, which includes workers who install doors and windows, account for close to 71 percent of all private payroll jobs in the home building industry.

Among the states hardest hit by the housing downturn and slowest to recover home building jobs are New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona, which still show job losses of 46, 43 and 41 percent, respectively, compared to 2006.

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