When it comes to the debate of whether the professionals in construction industry face an above average risk of being sick with virus in the pandemic, while doing their job, there is no clear winner. The answer varies depending on the source you consult, and even some available data is not quite conclusive. Some of the information is quite alarming. In Colorado, construction professionals have the highest number of pandemic deaths than professionals in other segments. For a definite answer, we need an improved tracking and models using reliable data.
- Some data shows that workers in Texas are 5 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID 19 when compared to other industries.
- There isn’t a great data tracking system available for workplace outbreaks so it’s very difficult to track actual cases on a construction site.
- Mixed results make it very difficult for people to figure out how to return to work safely, because the data contradicts itself.
“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.”