The headlines say it all: “Worker killed by steamroller,” “Worker hit and killed on Highway 9,” “Worker hit, killed in construction zone.”
Highway maintenance workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the construction field, as do power-line installers and excavators.
So says a new study that examines the role of “struck-by” hazards in the cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in construction.
The study, by the Center for Construction Research and Training, found that from 2011 to 2015, 804 construction workers died from struck-by injuries, more than any other major industry including agriculture and transportation.
Construction also had the highest rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries among all industries.
About half (52.2%) of the struck-by fatalities were caused by an object or equipment, the study found.