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Construction workers at greatest risk for struck-by accidents

North Carolina construction workers are undoubtedly aware of the safety hazards of their industry. One of the dangers is of struck-by incidents, which are accidents in which a worker is struck by an object, equipment or a vehicle. A report says that the construction industry has more struck-by deaths than any other industry in the United States and twice as much risk of struck-by accidents.

According to the report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, there were more than 800 construction worker deaths caused by struck-by incidents from 2011 to 2015. A little over half of those were caused by object or equipment strikes, and the rest were struck-by vehicle accidents. Workers at or over the age of 65 who were involved in struck-by incidents had a higher rate of fatality than younger workers. The risk of struck-by incidents that are not fatal is nearly twice as high in construction as in all other industries combined.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration includes struck-by incidents in its Focus Four initiative. The other safety hazards included are falls, electrocution and caught-in and caught-between incidents. Since President Trump took office, OSHA has cut back on its press releases announcing the most extreme cases of safety violations. This is believed to be a response to the administration's vow to reduce regulations on industry. But watchdog groups are still on the lookout for occupational safety violations and report them.

Because of the nature of construction accidents, they can sometimes lead to life-changing injuries or permanent disability. People who have been injured in one may want to have the help of an attorney in preparing and filing a claim for benefits under their employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage.

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