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The Risks of Working in a Road Construction Zone


Published in Workers Compensation on March 3, 2020.

Construction work is notoriously dangerous work – wherever it takes place. When the construction work is road construction, it can increase the risk of certain accidents and injuries. When you think about working alongside traffic, it’s not difficult to imagine exactly how dangerous that work can be. If you’ve been injured while working on road construction, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Macon workers’ compensation attorney on your side. 

Statistics Regarding Road Construction Risks

You recognize the potentially deadly risks of working in road construction, and the statistics back this up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following:

  • In the years from 2003 to 2017, more than 1,800 road-construction workers were killed in accidents on the job.
  • An average of 123 road-construction workers are killed on the job every year.
  • The majority of these deaths happen when the worker is struck by a vehicle.

The Federal Highway Administration also shares this important statistic:

  •  Each year, more than 20,000 road-construction workers are injured on the job.

Causes of Road-Construction Injuries

The Federal Highway Administration reports that the injuries sustained by road-construction workers break down into the following categories:

  • Transportation Incidents – Many road-construction accidents that involve vehicles traveling through the construction zone are deadly, and other accidents can leave their victims seriously injured. 
  • Contact with Objects or Equipment – There’s obviously a lot of heavy machinery involved in road construction, and when appropriate safety protocols aren’t rigorously adhered to, dangerous accidents can ensue. 
  • Slips, Trips, and/or Falls – Slips, trips, and falls are deceptively dangerous accidents that can lead to life-threatening injuries.
  • Overexertion – Construction work is difficult work, and road construction is some of the most strenuous construction work out there. Overexertion is a serious concern for construction workers who help keep our highways and byways in good condition.
  • Exposure to a Harmful Environment or Substance – Road construction exposes employees to potentially dangerous substances and puts them in extremely harsh and potentially dangerous environments, especially since road construction is often in the middle of heavy traffic. This exposure can lead to serious injuries or illnesses on the job.

Staying Safe on the Job

In addition to sharing the potential dangers of road construction, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shares the most important ways that employers can help ensure that their road construction workers stay safe on the job, including:

  • Ensuring worker visibility by providing and requiring highly visible safety apparel
  • Employing effective temporary traffic control
  • Adhering to all Worker Safety for Highway Construction Standards
  • Providing and requiring appropriate training

If You’ve Been Injured on the Job in a Road Construction Zone, an Experienced Macon Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help

Road construction is dangerous work – especially when the company doesn’t adhere to rigorous safety standards. At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, our experienced Macon workers’ compensation attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights and rightful compensation of injured employees like you. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 for more information today.