North Carolina sees high demand for construction. Even as the economy slows down projects, it’s one of the Tar Heel State’s most robust industries.
While the job can come with many benefits, construction workers endure dangerous conditions, especially if they’re out on the highway. According to NCDOT, thousands of construction workers sustained work place injuries in 2019.
Reducing the risk of road work injuries
Aside from using protective equipment and good judgment, doing the following can help them mitigate harm:
- Giving motorists early and visible warning signs: All motorists deserve advance warning when entering oncoming work zones. Workers can do this by providing clear indicators of where the work zone starts and ends before drivers enter. They can also provide signs that route towards a detour if possible.
- Using ample lighting: This is crucial for overnight workers. While there are fewer cars on the road after sunset, putting lights up around the work zone helps drivers indicate activity in the area.
- Reducing areas of low visibility: Blind spots are a common culprit in highway work zone crashes. When workers can identify and even communicate with oncoming motorists, that help both parties stay out of harm’s way.
- Getting a designated safety supervisor: Having a safety supervisor isn’t just a good idea, it’s required by law. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), businesses need one if workers operate in hazardous environments. A safety supervisor can give workers someone to report to any issues like dangerous equipment or chemical exposure.
These workers put their lives on the line every day
Construction is a dangerous occupation, especially for those working on road projects. Sadly, when these workers get hurt, some employers treat them like they’re expendable. But at the Bollinger Law Firm, we work our hardest to get our clients the benefits and compensation they deserve.