The U.S. is experiencing a residential building boom. That is good news for the millions of people who earn their living in the construction industry. However, it has also led to more worksite injuries and fatalities. Construction-related deaths rose by 5 percent in 2014.
One key reason, according to experts, is that the increase in construction projects has placed a strain on the resources of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency doesn't have enough people to properly oversee these sites to make sure that required safety measures are being followed and workers have the equipment and gear they need to prevent injury and illness.