Construction Zone Accidents
Written by Greg on March 27, 2015
As noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Roadway work zones are hazardous both for motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels, and lane changes and for workers who build, repair and maintain our Nation’s streets, bridges, and highways.” As the CDC points out, accidents surrounding construction zones come full circle in that it can be caused by individuals that do not take sight of the obvious hazards of construction zones and those working within the vicinity.
Texas Has The Most Construction Deaths
In this regard, the bureau of labor statistics indicates that there were approximately 105 construction site accidents in 2013 alone. Moreover, from the period of 2003 – 2013, Texas ranked as the leader in the most worker deaths in construction zones at approximately 131 individuals in total.
Looking specifically at the individual nuances, one can see that 69% of total accidents are typically transportation incidents in which a pedestrian worker was struck directly by a passing vehicle, while 27% was caused by backing vehicles, meaning a vehicle backed into a pedestrian. Moreover, information can also be gleamed citing what kind of construction workers were seen such as those who were working on road construction sites versus those working in the warehousing industry.
Overall, the research indicates that between 2003 and 2007 alone approximately 639 workers were killed while working at a construction site, and there were approximately 8,103 deaths involved in the construction industry overall. As a whole, these deaths can be marginally contributed by workers being struck by vehicles, by mobile construction vehicles, or suffered through a fall from their own mobile construction vehicle or some type of other collision from a vehicle.
Work Zone Safety Awareness
Additionally, according to Work Zone Safety Awareness presented by the Texas Department of Transportation, in Texas alone there are approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 individuals killed in construction and maintenance zones. It should also be noted that, at any given time, it is estimated that there are an estimated 2,500 active construction zones in Texas, namely centered on the urban hubs of the state.
With this in mind, both reports seek to emphasize the need to utilize caution when driving around safety zones.
As the TXDOT points out, one should engage in driver safety by:
- One should slow down and ensure that speed limits are always maintained. It is imperative to gauge the need to slow down further amongst construction zone areas.
- It is important to utilize caution and pay attention to the external environment. Not only is there a great deal of heavy equipment, but one should also be mindful of workers, uneven roads, holes, and other hazards that are often found in construction zones.
- Patience is key. It is a good idea to leave a little early if one is aware that they will be driving in a construction zone, and once there – continue to exercise caution.
In doing so, drivers can ensure that they can avoid potentially harmful situations that may bring danger to themselves and the individuals working to keep Texas infrastructure secure.
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