More and more major cities and towns are seeing an influx in road construction projects as the condition of local roadways become poor. To avoid the congestion road construction usually brings, many communities are resorting to night construction work.
This further increases the risks to construction workers in an already dangerous occupation. Construction workers risk their lives every day. The National Highway Administration cites that over 20,000 workers are injured in road construction work zones. Twelve percent of these injuries are caused by incidents involving vehicles. On any given year, there are over 100 workplace fatalities in road construction sites. Almost half of road worker fatalities are caused by vehicles striking, running over or backing over workers.
While the cause of death among construction workers is split between work equipment and passing vehicles, you as a driver can do your part to improve road work construction safety and save lives.
Here are some tips to keep you, construction workers and other drivers safe while in construction zones:
These road construction safety tips can save a life. Yes, it may be frustrating to get slowed down by road construction. Remember, road construction workers are sons, daughters, moms, dads, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters to someone and they’re improving the safety of our roads for all of our future travels. Be aware of your surroundings, be patient, expect unexpected behaviors and plan ahead. These safety tips are easy to remember and put into practice if you already practice defensive driving.
For more information about safe driving tips, please visit 911DrivingSchool.com.