People who do road construction work have some of the most dangerous jobs around. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 20,000 workers are injured every year on road construction sites. In 2013, over 100 people were killed in road construction zones. With increasingly more motorists on U.S. roads every year, those numbers are likely to increase.
While most of these injuries and deaths are caused by motorists, many are caused by construction equipment. These can be minimized by workers wearing clothing that is highly visible and by workers taking care and having spotters when backing up.
Interestingly, the so-called “fatal four” causes of deadly construction accidentsapply to road construction workers, according to 2012 statistics from the Bureau of labor Statistics and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These are:
— Getting caught between objects
— Being struck by an object
Those in charge of road construction and repair, whether state, city or county governments, have an obligation to help ensure that the people doing this work remain as safe as possible. So do any private contractors and businesses who are hired to do the work.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed while working in a road construction zone, you should demand a full investigation to determine who is at fault. It may well be a motorist. However, if proper safeguards were not in place to protect workers, those responsible for the project may also be held legally accountable. A Georgia workers’ compensation or personal injury attorney can provide advice and guidance.
Source: HCSS Innovative Software, “Road Work Safety: What Workers Need to Know,” Jim Shadid, accessed Jan. 22, 2016
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