Protecting Workers in Construction Work Zones
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Each year over 20,000 workers are injured and hundreds are killed in road construction work zones. The primary cause of fatalities in work zones include, being run over by equipment used in the work zone, a collision between vehicles or mobile equipment, and being caught-in or struck-by equipment or other objects, such as vehicles driving through the work zone.
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
Hazards in construction zones include:
- Drivers with limited sight distance, for example coming around blind curves or over a hill where work is being done below.
- Not enough signage or information for drivers. Examples include, signs that give
vague information, messages that are left up 24/7, and short or non-existent
acceleration and deceleration lanes.
- High speed and high traffic volume, and tailgating, aggressive, or distracted
- Equipment and pedestrian traffic from other workers can make operating
equipment, backing up, or releasing a load of rock or hot tar, dangerous and