NIOSH Recommends Controls to Prevent Worker Injuries, Deaths in Roadway Construction

Published June 12, 2014

A new NIOSH “Workplace Solutions” publication recommends procedures and controls to help prevent worker injuries and deaths from backing construction vehicles and equipment at roadway construction work sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 443 of the 962 fatal injuries at road construction sites from 2003 to 2010 were due to a worker being struck by a vehicle or other mobile equipment.

The publication includes detailed lists of controls that the agency has identified for employers, contractors, workers, and construction vehicle and equipment manufacturers to help protect roadway construction workers.

NIOSH’s recommended controls include the following:

  • employers should develop, implement, and enforce standard operating procedures that address worker safety and minimize work performed near vehicles and mobile equipment
  • employers should ensure that construction vehicles and equipment are maintained in safe operating condition
  • workers should always wear high visibility apparel appropriate for their job tasks and work environment
  • manufacturers should minimize the hazards of blind areas of construction vehicles and equipment
  • after-market installers should ensure that safety equipment is installed in accordance with manufacturer specifications and operates as intended

View the publication on the NIOSH website.