It is well known in the construction industry that there are many hazards to be aware of and working at night and low-light situations is notoriously dangerous, especially when working near highways and roadways. It is important to identify the types of situations where workers need high-visibility (hi-vis) warning garments, such as vests, gloves, and headwear.
OSHA standards require workers to wear hi-vis garments in at least two situations: when they work as flaggers and when they are exposed to vehicular traffic or in the vicinity of excavations. However, other construction workers in highway/road construction work zones are also exposed to the dangers of being struck by vehicles operating near them.
Section 634.3 of the Worker Visibility rule states: All workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to construction equipment within the work area shall wear hi-vis safety apparel. The purpose of this requirement is to decrease the likelihood of worker fatalities or injuries caused by motor vehicles and construction vehicles and equipment.
Since 2003, approximately 100 workers have been struck by objects or equipment every year, resulting in a fatality, and nearly 85 workers have been killed by a vehicle. That is equivalent to a fatality once every two days. Hi-vis gear can reduce the cost of human life and keep your workers safe.
Top construction subsectors affected by fatal struck-by injuries (vehicle or by object) include:
- 39.9% - Highway, Street, & Bridge
- 18.8% - Site Preparation
- 13.3% - Utility System
- 7.3 % - Residential Building
- 5.6% - Non-residential Building
- 4.1% - Plumbing and HVAC
- 3.8% - Poured Concrete Foundation & Structure
- 3.6% - Electrical Contractors
- 2.0% - Masonry Contractors
- 1.6% - Roofing Contractors
The Ebbert Company understands hi-vis gear and the passive safety it brings. We can bring our experience in safety to you and your workers to keep them out of danger’s way.