The Price of Inaction: Washington

A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in Washington’s Construction Industry

October 23, 2012 - This report quantifies the estimated costs of deaths and injuries in the state’s construction industry by considering an array of factors. From 2008 to 2010, Washington recorded 34,700 construction industry injuries and illnesses, of which 16,600 required days away from work, job transfer or restriction. Additionally, 39 construction-related fatalities were reported in these years.

Drawing on a 2004 analysis on the cost of occupational injuries in combination with newer data, Public Citizen determined that such incidents cost the state’s economy $762 million during the three-year period.