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Construction worker fatalities up 6%

January 8, 2018

As far as struck-by incidents go, some happen within the confines of the project, but others are a result of outside threats like distracted or inebriated motorists traveling through a highway work zone. From 2011 to 2015, more than 800 U.S. construction workers died from struck-by incidents, the Center for Construction Research and Training reported, with 18% perishing as a result of being hit by a vehicle. Nearly 60% of those fatalities occurred in work zones.

Clark Peterson, vice president of environmental, health and safety at Skanska USA, told Construction Dive earlier this year that night highway construction operations are particularly dangerous as there is decreased visibility and a greater chance of encountering a sleep-deprived, distracted or under-the-influence driver.

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