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Work zone-related deaths, Oklahoma, July 1997-December 2006.

Archer P
Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma State Department of Health, 2008 Jan; :1-4
Each year in the United States, approximately 100 highway and street construction industry workers die and 20,000 are injured on the job. Many of these workers are fatally injured when they are on foot in a work zone and struck by a vehicle. About half of workers on foot die after being struck by a passing motorist and about half by a construction vehicle. Other fatality risks to highway workers include falling from machines or structures, being struck by falling objects, and coming into contact with overhead power lines. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, 1,068 traffic crashes occurred in a work zone in 2005, with nine of these crashes involving a fatality to a worker or a motor vehicle occupant (excludes persons killed within the area restricted by signs or barriers). Almost half of the crashes (42%) occurred on an interstate highway and approximately one-fourth (24%) on a city street. The leading contributing causes for work zone crashes were: followed too closely (24%), unsafe speed (14%), inattention (12%), failed to yield (10%), and changed lanes unsafely (10%). Work zone crashes were most common on Fridays, during the month of July, and between the hours of 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-practices; Age-factors; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Sex-factors; Racial-factors; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Road-construction; Motor-vehicles; Fall-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Publication Date
Document Type
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008342
Source Name
Work Zone-related Deaths, Oklahoma, July 1997-December 2006
Performing Organization
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division