Are road construction workers at greater risk of injury or death than other construction workers? What's causing the rising rate of worker fatalities within this demographic? Nationwide, increased economic coupled with increased employment for construction workers is resulting in an increasing rate of road construction worker fatalities.
Fatality Rates are Rising
The number of construction workers killed on road construction sites are rising. From 2011 through 2015, 609 workers were killed in construction zones. This represents an average annual rate of 122 fatalities. The number of fatalities for road construction workers increased 43% from a low of 72 in 2013 to 103 in 2016. In all, road construction fatalities account for 9% of all construction fatalities recorded in the United States.
Causes of Fatalities
50% of fatalities occur when workers are struck by vehicles or mobile equipment. These are recorded as pedestrian accidents. The most dangerous locations are highways, city streets, and bridge subsectors. Combined, nearly 70% of all fatalities occur in these three sectors.
13% of fatalities involved motor vehicle accidents and 10% involved workers who were struck by equipment or other objects on the construction site. A total of 7.9% of fatalities were caused by falls to lower levels, and 3.9% were caused by electrocution.
Of workers who died in pedestrian accidents, 61.4% died when they were struck by a forward moving vehicle, 24.7% died when struck by vehicles that were backing up, and 9.4% died when they were struck by a vehicle that was propelled into the work zone by another vehicle following a motor vehicle accident.
Reasons for the Rising Fatality Rates
Increased overall employment within the road construction sector and increased government investment in infrastructure projects has correlated with a rising rate of worker fatalities. In addition to the increased number of workers operating in close proximity to moving traffic, deficient training, and inadequate supervision are factors which are placing road construction workers at increased risk of injury or death on the job.
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