Struck-By Fatalities Most Prevalent in Construction

Silver Spring, MD – Struck-by incidents contributed to 804 construction worker fatalities from 2011 to 2015, the most of any major industry, according to a new report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, also known as CPWR.

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.

Other findings:

  • 57 percent of the struck-by vehicle fatalities occurred in work zones.
  • 114 deaths were the result of being struck by a passenger vehicle, and 112 workers died after being struck by a truck.
  • 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.

OSHA offices in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are urging employers to use the materials to better protect workers from struck-by vehicle hazards. Since 2012, 35 workers have been killed in struck-by incidents in the three states, OSHA said.

As part of a push to increase industry outreach to reduce injuries involving vehicles, powered industrial trucks and motorized equipment, OSHA on Feb. 29 announced it had renewed a Regional Emphasis Program in the three states. The REP will feature various outreach activities and inspections targeting workplaces in construction, general industry and maritime. It expires Sept. 30, but can be extended.