Work zone safety is extremely important, as we are learning days after National Work Zone Awareness Week. But just how dangerous is the issue becoming? Roadway work zones can be some of the most fatal workplaces for construction workers in all states. For instance, you can take a look at the statistics: In 2014, there were 669 fatalities from crashes in work zones. This means that they account for 2% of all roadway fatalities on a national level! The truth is, this matter does not get better with time – every year, the percentage of fatal accidents becomes larger, which calls for a need for regulations and safety measures.
The truth is, many motorists on the roadways are not accustomed to seeing a clear, unobstructed roadway. Because of this, and travelling at high speeds, they may not recognize or avoid closed lanes or construction workers going about their daily work duties. In some cases, the road or weather conditions may also reduce a motorist’s ability to see and avoid the workers. This is not just limited to construction workers – each year, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and paramedics all become part of the deadly statistic.
Main Causes of These Accidents
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When adequate safety measures are not adhered to in the work zone, accidents are sure to occur. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the main reasons for the collisions fall on poor visibility. Sometimes this happens because of construction vehicles having large blind spots that limit the visibility of pedestrian workers. Safety in these work zones sometimes lacks in many aspects such as fall protection, cranes, excavation, hazard communication, and more. Many accidents are caused by motorists who are speeding, using drugs or drinking alcohol, driving distracted, or driving drowsy.
If you are a construction worker who has been injured in your workplace due to a motorist’s negligence, you may have a case. It is important to speak to us as soon as possible so we can begin working on your case immediately.