The majority of fatalities that occur in road construction work zones in the United States involve a worker being struck by a piece of construction equipment or other vehicle. A worker in this industry is just as likely to be struck by a piece of construction equipment inside the work zone as by passing traffic.
Motor vehicle hazards are addressed in specific standards for the construction industry.
This section highlights OSHA standards related to motor vehicle safety.
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
Highway and street construction workers are at risk of fatal and serious nonfatal injury when working in the vicinity of passing motorists, construction vehicles, and equipment. According to Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries from Vehicles and Equipment [US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2001-128], each year more than 100 workers are killed and over 20,000 are injured in the highway and street construction industry. Vehicles and equipment operating in and around the work zone are involved in over half of the worker fatalities in the construction industry.
The following references provide possible solutions in controlling and preventing motor vehicle hazards in the workplace.
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