Construction industry and labor union officials say a new federal report that construction fatalities declined 10% last year suggests the industry is getting safer. The officials also were encouraged that construction's 2010 fatality rate, a better indicator of safety trends, was down as well.However, construction still has more fatalities than any other industry.According to preliminary data released on Aug. 25 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 751 workers in the construction industry died on the job last year, compared with 834 in 2009. BLS will release its final 2010 numbers next spring.BLS suggests the sluggish economy could have contributed
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.