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Is construction at high risk for COVID-19? It depends on how you look at it.

September 9, 2021


Are U.S. construction workers at a high risk for contracting COVID-19 on the job? It depends on who you ask, where you look and the type of data that is (or is not) available.

There have been persistent contradictions between construction’s available COVID-19 data and the experiences reported by contractors on jobsites.

For instance, a recent report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that more construction workers died of COVID-19 during the first year of the pandemic than those in any other industry in the state. The industry represented 12% of all working-age deaths, even though construction accounts for only 6.6% of all employment in Colorado.

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