Construction accidents happen more often that many other industries. According to OSHA, more than 20% of all fatal construction accidents were in construction. While the 2015 statistics are not out yet, in 2014, more than 874 construction workers were killed on the job.
Construction accidents are higher than the national average for all classes of employment that OSHA tracks. Construction accidents are widespread enough that everyone who works in construction knows or remembers a construction accident.