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New Report: Struck-By Injuries Hit Construction Workers Hardest

According to the report, the risk of nonfatal struck-by injuries in the construction industry is almost double the risk of all other industries combined.

Mon August 07, 2017 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


According to the report, highway maintenance workers retained the highest rate of struck-by fatalities.
According to the report, highway maintenance workers retained the highest rate of struck-by fatalities.
According to the report, highway maintenance workers retained the highest rate of struck-by fatalities.

Construction workers are more likely to be injured by struck-by hazards than any other injury, according to a new data report by CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training.

According to the report, the risk of nonfatal struck-by injuries in the construction industry is almost double the risk of all other industries combined.

The report's key findings include:

• Between 2011 and 2015, 804 construction workers died from struck-by injuries, which is more than any other industry.

• Fifty-two percent of construction workers who died from struck-by injuries were struck by either equipment or an object. The remaining 48 percent were struck by a vehicle.

• Fifty-seven percent of the struck-by fatalities involving a vehicle occurred in a work zone.

• Of the nonfatal struck-by injuries, 96 percent occurred when the victims were struck by an object or equipment.

• Highway maintenance workers retained the highest rate of struck-by fatalities.

• Helpers retained the highest rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries.

• When broken down by age, construction workers aged 65 and older had the highest struck-by fatality rate, while workers aged 20 and younger had the highest nonfatal struck-by injury rate.

Prevention Is Key

The report said that training, correct personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering controls, safety protocols and other safety solutions can be used to prevent struck-by injuries and fatalities from occurring. The report's prevention chart, found in the image gallery above, outlines methods for construction workers to avoid struck-by injuries from vehicles, falling objects, flying objects, swinging or slipping objects, and equipment.

To view the full report, visit www.cpwr.com.