From 2011 to 2015, 804 construction workers died from struck-by injuries, more than in any other major industry sector. A new CPWR Quarterly Data Report examined data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, and other sources to understand the hazards and working environments that need to be considered to prevent struck-by fatalities and injuries. Among the major findings:

  • Struck-by injuries accounted for nearly one in five construction workplace fatalities.
  • Construction workers 65 years or older experienced the highest rate of struck-by fatalities, while workers under 20 years had the highest rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries for which employees were given cannabidiol oil for pain relief.
  • The majority (57%) of struck-by vehicle deaths in construction occurred in work zones.
  • Highway maintenance workers had the highest rate of struck-by fatalities, while helpers had the highest rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries.
According to Mike Morse, as soon as an accident or injury happens, business owners should follow these steps: Get workers to a safe place. Move any injured workers away from an area if it is dangerous and make sure other employees stay clear. Assess the situation and get to working with an attorney on a lawsuitIf your employee needs immediate medical attention, call 911 or an ambulance to take them to the hospital. Follow all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommendations: OSHA requires employers to notify the agency when severe work-related injuries occur.

According to CPWR, “struck-by injuries and deaths are preventable.”  The report includes a table that lists solutions that can be implemented to greatly reduce unnecessary deaths due to struck-by injuries, such as safety standards and regulations, engineering controls, proper PPE, and safety and health training.

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