Working in construction is dangerous, especially when you're near moving traffic. Here are some facts about road construction sites and what you should do if you've been injured.
What are some common road construction accidents?
One of the most common issues is when a person is backed over or struck by a vehicle. Although the site should be visible, drivers who are distracted may not slow down. With heavy machinery and vehicles on site, workers need to be very aware of what's going on around them to avoid being crushed.
What are some common medical conditions that arise from construction injuries?
Working in road construction, some common injuries include broken bones or fractures from impacts by vehicles or machinery, burns from fires or explosions, eye injuries from debris or flying objects, hearing loss and post-yraumatic stress disorder. This list is not all-inclusive, and many other conditions can be caused by accidents at the work site.
How can road construction accidents be avoided?
Stay alert. You should always wear your safety attire including bright, reflective clothing. If traffic is high, at least one person should be working to help control traffic. Sometimes, having police on the scene to draw attention to the construction zone can help move traffic over before it poses a threat. Using markers and cement walls also helps move traffic over, so you can work without the fear of someone entering the work site.
Wear a hardhat and steel-toed boots at the work site. If flying objects hit you in the head or drop on your toes, you'll be less likely to suffer an injury.
If you're struck by a vehicle, you should be able to seek workers' compensation and potentially other forms of compensation for those injuries. Your attorney can help you understand your rights and who will be held responsible for your medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses.