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Work Zone Safety

Struck-by incidents are a leading cause of death among construction workers,[1]  and since 1992 the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the construction industry.[2] According to OSHA, the four most common struck-by hazards are being struck-by a flying, falling, swinging, or rolling object. The NORA Construction Sector Council is undertaking a number of initiatives to increase awareness of struck-by hazards and ways to prevent them, including developing this online resource and launching a National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents.  

On April 20th, during Work Zone Awareness Week, the NORA Construction Sector Council held the first (virtual) National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents, which included a live Q&A Panel, now available to view on-demand:

Virtual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents - Q&A Panel
Introduction by: G. Scott Earnest, Acting Director for the Office of Construction Safety and Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Panel Moderator: Brad Sant, Sr. Vice President, ARTBA
David Fosbroke, Statistician, NIOSH Division of Safety Research
Travis Parsons, Associate Director of Occupational Safety & Health, Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America
Jerral Wyer, (retired), Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Texas Department of Transportation
David Dostaler, Vice President of Safety, Kraemer North America, LLC
Play Recording             Download Presentation

While the Stand-Down is over, we encourage you to use creative ways to focus on preventing struck-by incidents year-round. Click here to download ideas for holding Stand-Down activities. Check CPWR's guidance document and other resources on COVID-19 for the construction industry for information on staying safe during training and other activities.

The following are additional materials developed by the NORA Construction Sector Council to use in support of this initiative:

  • Stand-Down promotional flyer (JPEG,PDF)
  • Toolbox Talks:
  • Infographics:
    • OPERATORS! 4 Steps for Work Zone Safety
    • CONTRACTORS! Work Zone Safety Starts with Your Internal Traffic Control Plan


Resources to Prevent Struck-by Incidents and Fatalities in Construction Work Zones

Training Materials

NIOSH Resources:


ARTBA Resources:

Work Zone Safety Consortium: Guidance on Developing Internal Traffic Control Plans

OSHA Resources:

CPWR Other Resources:

Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America Resources:

IUOE Focus Four Toolbox Talks:

Washington Safety and Health Training Institute: Keeping Cement Masons Safe: Preventing Falls, Struck and Caught Between Accidents

Construction Safety Council: FOCUS 4 Hazards (summaries of what workers need to know)

Washington State Department of Labor: