The Price of Inaction: California

A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in California's Construction Industry

November 28, 2012 -This 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.