One in four “struck by vehicle” deaths involve construction workers, more than any other occupation.
Struck-by incidents contributed to 804 construction worker fatalities from 2011 to 2015, the most of any major industry, according to a recent article from Safety & Health Magazine
Vehicles Causing the Most Backover Fatalities 2005-2010+
+OSHA Integrated Management Information System data
Fifty-two percent of the fatalities involved workers struck by an object or equipment; the remaining deaths involved workers struck by vehicles, the report states.
- 57 percent of the struck-by vehicle fatalities occurred in work zones.
- 114 deaths were the result of being struck by passenger vehicles, and 112 workers died after being struck by trucks.
- Highway, street and bridge workers accounted for 264 of the 804 construction fatalities during the period.
- Construction workers 65 and older experienced the highest rate of struck-by fatalities.
- Highway maintenance workers, power line installers, and excavating or loading machine operators experienced the most struck-by fatalities.
“Struck-by … deaths are preventable,” the report states. “Training (OSHA, 2011), personal protective equipment, engineering controls, safety protocols and other solutions may be implemented to prevent struck-by injuries among construction workers.”
Download the full report here.
Know the Risks
Back-over accidents can happen for a variety of reasons.
- Drivers may not be able to see a worker in their blind spot.
- Workers may not hear backup alarms because of other worksite noises or because the alarms are not functioning.
- A spotter assisting one truck may not see another truck behind him.
- Workers riding on vehicles may fall off and get backed over.
- Drivers may assume that the area is clear and not look in the direction of travel.
Implement a Safety Plan
OSHA’s website provides various methods to use that could help prevent such accidents from happening:
- Spotters – Using a spotter to help drivers back up their vehicles
- Cameras – Used to help drivers see what is behind them
- Proximity Detection Devices -To alert drivers to objects behind them with a visual and/or audio warning
- Internal Traffic Control Plans – Help to coordinate the flow of moving equipment, workers, and vehicles at a worksite to minimize or eliminate vehicles and employees from crossing paths
- Tag-based Systems – This system consists of electromagnetic field generators and field detecting devices. These can be worn by people and installed on vehicles to alert a person and driver of proximity
- Training – Initiate a combination of computer-based and on-site training programs to assist employees understand the environment and be cognizant of where potential blind spots can occur.
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