The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently renewed its Alliance with the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners. This Alliance is to help to protect roadside construction workers from on-the-job work accidents in Spartanburg and elsewhere.
The focus is being placed on preventing these work-related injuries as well as fatalities resulting from construction vehicle runovers and backovers. It will be also focusing on employees who speak little or no English. It's workers in the construction industry, especially those working roadside, that have some of the highest risks for on-the-job accidents.
"Most fatalities that occur in road construction work zones involve a worker being struck by a piece of construction equipment or other vehicle," said Health David Michaels with the Labor for Occupational Safety.
Our Spartanburg workers' compensation attorneys understand that this Alliance will be developing fact sheets for police officers, paramedics, truck drivers and other work zone-related individuals regarding the much-needed personal protection equipment that these workers' safety requires. This equipment includes high-visibility clothing and other protective equipment. Officials will also be focusing on informing these workers and how to help them to safely enter and exit work zones. Lastly, additional fact sheets will be created for contractors who may be less knowledgeable about which traffic control devices can be used to best protect workers.
In the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Group, members work diligently to help workers within the construction industry to better protect their rights, safety and health. More than 1 million workers and members across the country are represented through the Partners.
Employers and employees are urged to visit OSHA's Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, and Barricades Safety and Health Topics web page. This page has a plethora of information regarding the risks and the dangers that roadside construction workers face on the job as well as effective ways to help to minimize these dangers.
As we recently discussed, National Work Zone Awareness Week 2012 is going on right now, from the 23rd to the 27th of April. Every April, this week-long safety campaign is conducted across the nation to help to bring national attention to motorists and others about safety issues in work zones.
Since 1999, the Federal Highway Administration has teamed up with the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to coordinate and sponsor this event.
"As spring weather returns, orange signs, vests and cones will return along America's highways, requiring drivers to be alert and careful through highway work zones," said USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood.
If you are dealing with a work-related accident in Spartanburg or elsewhere in the Carolinaa, contact the Carolina Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case and your rights. We are a dedicated law firm that's here to help to protect the rights of injured employees and their families. Call today to set up a free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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RFI to Reduce Help Risks of Work Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere, North Carolina Workers Compensation Lawyers Blog, March 24, 2012