Worker Deaths Increased During Nashville Housing Boom


An analysis by a Tennessee newspaper has found that a decline in safety inspections and ignored safety rules have led to an increase in worker deaths during Nashville’s housing boom.

Citing state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration data, The Tennessean reported that 2016 and 2017 was the deadliest two-year stretch for construction workers in Nashville’s metropolitan area in more than 30 years.

Sixteen construction workers died during that time span. That is more than construction worker deaths in areas with a similarly sized workforce or rapid growth, according to the report, published Saturday. Ten of the 16 workers didn’t have harnesses or other federally required safeguards and died from falls, the newspaper said.

Half of the workers were Latino, according to the newspaper, which said untrained laborers from other countries have filled many construction jobs as area tradesmen retire. Many of the immigrant laborers work on single-family residential construction sites where safety plans may be more relaxed than at commercial sites run by large general contractors.

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