From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director
CPWR Quarterly Data Report:
Struck-by Injuries in the Construction Industry
From 2011 to 2015, 804 construction workers died from struck-by injuries, more than in any other major industry sector. A new CPWR Quarterly Data Report examined data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, and other sources to understand the hazards and working environments that need to be considered to prevent struck-by fatalities and injuries. Among the major findings:
Struck-by injuries accounted for nearly one in five construction workplace fatalities.
Construction workers 65 years or older experienced the highest rate of struck-by fatalities, while workers under 20 years had the highest rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries.
The majority (57%) of struck-by vehicle deaths in construction occurred in work zones.
Highway maintenance workers had the highest rate of struck-by fatalities, while helpers had the highest rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries.
Construction Solutions for struck-by and other hazards
If you are looking for ways to reduce work struck-by injuries on your job, CPWR's Construction Solutions database can help. Construction Solutions is an online tool that provides information on common construction hazards as well as examples of engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment to address the hazard and protect workers. To see how it works, check out the Construction Solutions Hazard Analysis Work Zone Struck-by Injuries and Fatalities.
Task demands and safety in concrete construction
Construction tasks involve significant physical, mental, and time demands. Researchers used the NASA Task Load Index in extensive field observations to measure perceived task demands among two concrete work crews, and identified measures to reduce these demands. CLICK HERE for a one-page summary of key findings from Production practices affecting worker task demands in concrete operations: A case study, which appeared in the August 2016 issue of Work.
NEWS & EVENTS
Aug. 22 @ 2pm ET (45 min). Applying the Prevention through Design Concept to Improve Safety on the Construction Site. The Prevention through Design (PtD) concept is an initiative to prevent or reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities through the implementation of prevention considerations in the initial stages of designing tools, equipment, systems, work processes and buildings / facilities. Join us to learn about the PtD concept, developing guidelines and work practices, and examples relating to the construction industry. CLICK TO REGISTER
Attention safety and health and design professionals: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) offers two webinars describing the purpose, intent and requirements of the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) pilot credit titled "Prevention through Design." The first covers life cycle safety basics; the second covers details of the PtD pilot credit.
Recent CPWR Studies
Workers' compensation loss prevention representative contact and risk of lost-time injury in construction policyholders. Katherine E. Schofield, Bruce H. Alexander, Susan G. Gerberich, and Richard F. MacLehose, 2017. Journal of Safety Research