The Price of Inaction: California
A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and
Fatalities in California's Construction Industry
November 28, 2012 —
report quantifies the estimated
costs of deaths and injuries in California's construction industry by considering
an array of factors. From
2008 to 2010, 168 construction workers were killed in workplace accidents in California.
Additionally, the state recorded 50,700 construction-industry injuries and
illnesses that required days away from work or job transfer.
Drawing on a comprehensive 2004 journal article
that analyzed the cost of occupational injuries, and combining the paper’s
findings with updated fatality and injury data, Public Citizen determined that such
incidents cost the state’s economy $2.9 billion during the three-year period.