Working in a construction zone on a highway or roadway is dangerous. While you may have on a reflective vest and have flares or other notices out where drivers can see them, there’s no guarantee that a driver won’t drive into the area and cause a construction accident.
One of the most important things for you to know about is road construction safety. Taking your safety seriously may help you reduce the risk of a crash at your worksite and protect you and your co-workers from harm.
How do you make a safe work zone?
To create a safe work zone, you need to start by properly managing the site at all times. This means that the site should have:
- Concrete barriers
- Flaggers who direct traffic
- Any other methods that will help protect your work while allowing traffic to be controlled.
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse reported that approximately 20% of the nation’s highways are under construction at any one time during peak season. That means that there are over 3,000 work zones operating. Motorists should know to expect to encounter work zones around once every 100 miles. Sadly, many don’t account for these work zones or pay attention when traveling through them, leading to over 40,000 injuries each year. There is a fatality around once every eight hours in these work zones, which could be prevented in many cases.
If you are hurt at work, workers’ compensation may be able to support you as you seek medical care. It can also help you get a portion of your lost wages, so you can focus on your recovery.