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Road construction presents many hazards for workers

The construction industry employs numerous people, you among them. You may enjoy your work as you have the ability to help make areas better by making repairs or constructing new structures. Of course, you also understand that you face a number of hazards while on the job.

In particular, you may find yourself out on or near roadways as you perform various projects on those roads. While you know you will feel satisfied when the project is completed, you likely also feel some apprehensions when it comes to working so closely to moving vehicles and drivers who may not pay enough attention.

Road construction safety

Hopefully, you and the other members of your construction crew have a dedication to safety. Some steps you and others can take to help make your work zone as safe as possible include the following:

  • Having and wearing proper safety equipment
  • Setting up signs to warn travelers of the construction zone
  • Using barriers and cones to separate areas of work
  • Having a plan to control the flow of traffic during construction
  • Utilizing a person capable of identifying and predicting hazards
  • Creating a site safety program based on the hazards of a specific site
  • Going to daily safety meetings
  • Remaining aware of your surroundings
  • Avoiding the blind spots of vehicles, construction machinery and equipment

Additional safety measures that may help you and your co-workers remain safe on the job could depend on the specific nature of the work site and the project itself.

Risk of vehicle accidents

The chance of a vehicle-related accident taking place in a roadway construction zone is high. Not only do you have to worry about the vehicles and equipment used on site by other workers, but the drivers passing through the work zone on their ways to other destinations pose a substantial threat as well. Fortunately, if you do suffer injuries on the job, you will likely qualify for workers' compensation benefits that could help with resulting financial hardships.

Seeking compensation

In the event that a distracted, negligent, intoxicated or reckless driver causes an accident that results in your injury, you may also have multiple avenues for seeking recompense. As mentioned, workers' compensation may help because the incident occurred in the course of you carrying out work-related duties. However, you may also have the ability to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault. Taking these approaches can sometimes prove complicated and having a legal advocate on your side may prove wise.

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