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Improving work zone safety: recommendations based on a NIOSH fatality investigation.
Romano-N; Fosbroke-D; Ruff-T
Prof Saf 2008 Apr; 53(4):46-48
Workers in highway work zones are exposed to risk of injury from the movement of construction vehicles and equipment within the work zones, as well as from passing motor vehicle traffic. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that of more than half of the work-related fatalities in the U.S. highway construction industry involve vehicle- or equipment-related incidents in a work zone-and many of these fatalities involve a worker on foot being struck by a vehicle. According to Pratt, Fosbroke and Marsh (2001), "victims of these events were as likely to be struck by a construction vehicle as by a passing traffic vehicle." These authors also note that many worker-on-foot incidents involve backing vehicles. A recent report from NIOSH's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program recounts the events leading to the death of a laborer working in a residential roadway construction work zone in North Carolina (NIOSH, 2007). The incident (surrunarized here) and the resulting recommendations offer insight into ways to improve overall safety in work zones.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Road-construction; Road-surfacing; Motor-vehicles; Drivers; Construction-equipment; Mortality-data; Safety-research; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Equipment-operators; Transportation; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-environment
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