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Risks of highway workers in construction zones

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Working in a hie., construction zone can be an extremely dangerous job. Employees often have been hurt or killed working on highway repairs. While the risks cannot be eliminated, they can be reduced with proper education and safety measures. For more info, visit - http://www.chicagoaccidentattorneys.com/blog/highway-construction-zones-pose-unique-risks-workers/

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Risks of highway workers in construction zones

  1. 1. Highway construction zones POSE UNIQUE RISKS FOR WORKERS Working in a highway construction zone can be an extremely dangerous job. Employees often have been hurt or killed while working on highway repairs. While the risks cannot be eliminated, they can be reduced with proper education and safety measures.
  2. 2. why are construction zones hazardous? Highways are usually among the safest places to drive in America because the flow of traffic. the speed of vehicles and the direction of travel are all strictly regulated. When construction employees work on highway repairs, these three safety measures are compromised or removed entirely. Many situations in which these conditions cause injury or death among construction employees. 7_ A ‘i Drivers must stop or W Work vehicles are required I ' Multiple lanes is slow down at ~’ _: . . to back up or drive may be rerouted short notice. in unusual ways. or blocked.
  3. 3. Nighttime work is an extra hazard Many highway repairs are done at night 5-‘ ; ll‘: ,, . because of the decreased flow of traffic and [f 3 “’ the lower risk of con estion but it can be '>. I - 3 ° ' '"- ‘- - -*V ‘ highly dangerous for employees. When weather is rainy, snowy, icy or otherwise problematic, nighttime work is even more dangerous. ‘ ' ‘ ~' Shift workers must perform In V . , demanding tasks that interfere z’ ‘V l r "' x J Safety l55”'~’5 *3"d h= ‘*Z5"d5 3'9 with not-["3] s| eeP Pattey-ns_ " J ' FHOFE dlfflCUlt [O Ol)SEl'V€ in | the dark.
  4. 4. Learning about major risks Highway workers in Illinois should be aware of the major risks they face in maintenance and construction zones. including all ofthe following: V S-Dlillfy problems Fatigue and sleeo oeprwatioo, especially CiLA""ig '1Ig’1t("'V‘ie work Co SlO'W haza rds Blinci spots Exposure to to): c materia-s or excessve
  5. 5. Fatalities are decreasing There is good news for highway workers in construction and maintenance zones. According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The number of deaths and serious injuries in these zones has continued to decline for more than a decade. During 2012. there were only 609 deaths, a decrease of nearly half. As workers and supervisors become more conscious of the risks they face on the highway, the trend shows signs of continuing. The fatality rate reached its height in 2003 with 1,095 deaths.
  6. 6. Workers compensation lawyers in Chicago know that road construction can be dangerous. Injured employees may want to consider speaking with a personal injury attorney. SHELDON I_ MINKOW & OUR LOCATi0N: Sheldon | _Minkow & ASSOCIATES, PC. &Associates, F’. C_1 0 S. LaSal| e Suite 3300 Chicago, IL 60603 (Q Phone’ (312) 70443008 Website wwwchicagoaccidentattomeys . corn/ 6 Bloghttp: //wwwchicagoaccidentattor neys. com/ blog/ highway—construction— zones13oseunique4isks—workers/
  7. 7. Workers compensation lawyers in Chicago know that road construction can be dangerous. Injured employees may want to consider speaking with a personal injury attorney. SHELDON I_ MINKOW & OUR LOCATION: Sheldon | _Minkow & ASSOCIATES, PC. &Associates, F’. C_1 0 S. LaSal| e Suite 3300 Chicago, IL 60603 (Q Phone’ (312) 70443008 Website wwwchicagoaccidentattomeys . corn/ 6 Bloghttp: //wwwchicagoaccidentattor neys. com/ blog/ highway—construction— zones13oseunique4isks—workers/

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