Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured in roadside construction accidents. Whether or not these accidents are prompted by motorists, equipment mishaps onsite, inclement weather, or some other unforeseen factor, approximately 100 workers are lost every year on highways and street construction projects. As OSHA defense lawyers, we want our construction industry professionals to thrive in safe and efficient workplaces. We also want our contractors to avoid receiving any excessive citation fees from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If you are need of the legal counsel of an OSHA lawyer, please contact us today.
In this four-part article, we will first discuss the concerning statistics pertaining to roadside construction accidents. In the second and third section, we will educate you on some logical ways you can prevent roadside accidents from transpiring at your workplace. In the final section, we will conclude our series.
The Concerning Statistics for Roadside Construction Deaths
According to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over 20,000 construction workers are involved in roadside accidents that result in injury. Transportation accidents are the leading cause of work-related deaths every year. One surprising and concerning statistic pertaining to roadside accidents is that over half of these injuries or deaths occur solely within the work zone.
The Issues On-Site
Over 60 percent of roadside accidents that result in death are related to transportation incidents. For example, the leading cause of highway and street construction accidents is when a worker is struck by either a vehicle or equipment. Construction workers that operate equipment are more prone to be injured as well. Often these important industry professionals are in an extremely vulnerable position where they are unaware of an approaching vehicle or equipment moving in their direction that results in a collision. In some cases, the worker may also be the victim of a “caught-in-between” accident meaning that they are caught-in-between a nearby piece of equipment and a fixed object or a piece of equipment was overturned on top of them. Many of these accidents occur because the right safety precautions were not being practiced in the workplace.
In the upcoming sections, we will discuss safety tips to prevent roadside accidents from occurring at your workplace.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.