U.S. Construction Fatalities Decline 10 percent from 2009 to 2010

Industry safety awareness and compliance efforts credited.

Construction fatalities declined by nearly 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by almost 40 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of new federal data released Thursday by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Association officials pointed to an industry-wide commitment to improving workplace safety as a key factor.

From a training aspect, the construction industry has made safety a top priority, providing workers with information they need to recognize hazards on the job site, said Kevin Cannon, AGC's director of safety and health services.

The new data show those efforts are helping save lives.

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