The summertime is here and so are those roadside construction workers. This time of the year serves up the perfect weather for these workers to get out and to make improvements. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous times to work roadside.
Roadway work zones are not only dangerous to the drivers who are traveling through all of the barrels, signs, lane changes and orange cones, but also for the employees who work long hours building, repairing and maintaining our streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were nearly 700 people killed in work zones. The dangers are no less in North Carolina when it comes to roadwork traffic accidents.
This number includes both passing motorists and roadside workers. This was an increase of nearly 50 fatalities from the year before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 100 of these fatalities were roadside workers.
Our Anderson workers’ compensation lawyers understand that nearly 75 percent of roadway work zone fatalities were the result of transportation-related accidents. From 2003 to 2007, there were close to 640 workers who were killed while working at a roadside construction site. The construction industry as a whole is one of the most dangerous industries that a person can work in as it returns the highest number of fatal work accidents year after year. During this four year span, there were more than 8,100 fatalities in the construction industry. The number of worker fatalities in road construction accounts for nearly 8 percent of all of the fatal work accidents in the industry.
About half of these fatalities were attributed to a worker getting hit by a passing vehicle or by a piece of construction equipment.
Passing motorists have some of the biggest impact on the safety of these workers. To help you to get through our state’s road construction zones and to help to keep safe the workers on these sites, we’re offering you the following tips. Please review and share these tips with your friends and family members.
-Always expect the unexpected.
-Be on the lookout for changing traffic patterns and speed limits.
-Slow down your speed. Speed is one of the top causes of accidents in work zones.
-Never tailgate other vehicles. You want to allow yourself with an ample amount of time to react to a roadway hazard. Tailgating only reduces your reaction time.
-Steer clear of construction vehicles.
-Be sure to obey road crew flaggers. The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. Remember that these flaggers have the same authority as posted speed signs and you can be cited for not following their direction.
-Put down the distractions when driving through a work zone.
-Keep up with traffic flow.
-Make sure you’ve left with enough time to get through work zones.
-Be calm and keep cool. Sometimes there are delays in these areas. Don’t lose your cool. Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a work accident in Anderson or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case. Call us today to set up your free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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Driving Employees at Risks for Serious Work Accidents in Greenville and Elsewhere, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 16, 2012