Completed Research

Data Tracking and Support Services (Completed 2014-2019)

Xiuwen Sue Dong


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The primary objective of the project was to acquire, analyze, interpret, and disseminate data, factors, and changes for the construction industry as well as provide statistics and consultation services to all construction stakeholders. Specifically, it tracked fatal and nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the construction industry and progress toward National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) National Construction Agenda goals, characterized the changing construction industry and its workforce, and identified high-risk worker groups and emerging safety and health priorities in construction. We also assisted the National Construction Council in evaluating NORA goal performance and provided timely assistance and statistical consultations to all construction stakeholders. Moreover, we collaborated with government data collection agencies to improve data accuracy and utilization for construction safety and health surveillance, including further investigating injury under-reporting in construction.

To achieve these specific aims, we analyzed a multitude of large national datasets and Construction Databases that have been developed from our ongoing research efforts. We also analyzed safety management data collected by McGraw-Hill Construction. The major products of this project included the redesigned Construction eChart Book, newly created Quarterly CPWR Data Reports, peer-reviewed journal papers, and other publications. All of our research findings are publicly available, primarily through our websites, and Our findings were also disseminated through webinars, conference presentations, and responses to data requests. Lastly, with our partnership, the Construction Sector Council were able to quantitatively evaluate the NORA goal performance and properly target or adjust future NORA goals.


Key Resources

Construction Chart Book – 6th Edition

Construction FACE Database – created from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program reports

Construction Fatality Maps

Quarterly Data Reports

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Construction Safety and Health in the USA: Lessons from a decade of turmoil. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, September 2018 (Read the Key Finding)

The Construction FACE Database – Codifying the NIOSH FACE reports, Journal of Safety Research, September 2017 (Read the Key Finding)

Fatal Falls and PFAS Use in the Construction Industry: Findings from the NIOSH FACE Reports, Accident, Analysis and Prevention, May 2017 (Read the Key Finding)

Chapter 4: Fall Risk Characteristics in the Construction Industry. Fall Prevention and Protection: Principles, Guidelines, and Practices. November 2016

Occupational and non-occupational factors associated with work-related injuries among construction workers in the USA. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, March 2015 (Read the Key Findings)

Risks of a lifetime in construction, Part II: Chronic occupational diseases. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, November 2014 (Read the Key Finding)

Using O*NET to estimate the association between work exposures and chronic diseases. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. September 2014

Fatal falls in the U.S. residential construction industry. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, September 2014 (Read the Key Finding)

Risks of a lifetime in construction, Part I: traumatic injuries. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, September 2014 (Read the Key Finding)

Fatalities in the construction industry: Findings from a revision of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS). Monthly Labor Review, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2014