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OSHA launches outreach program to prevent "struck by" accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated a new outreach program in the Midwest that aims to educate workers and employers about preventing "struck by" vehicle accidents.

These accidents occur when a conventional traffic or passenger vehicle, forklift, or other form of powered industrial equipment, such as cranes and yard trucks, strike a worker. These injuries can occur in warehouses, at worksites, and on docks, and can involve trucks backing up, cranes, or backhoes swinging with a load. A vehicle can also strike a worker if it falls from a ramp or incline.

"In the past four years, we have investigated 25 accidents in which workers have died as a result of a 'struck by' vehicle accident," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "One accident is too many. Our goal with this outreach campaign is to spread awareness and safety tips to avoid struck by accidents."

Provide construction workers with safety products, including hard hats for head protection and safety equipment, such as high visibility safety vests to ensure workers are easy to see on worksites.

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