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. They can be caused by individuals who do not consider the apparent 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 one year alone. Moreover, from the most recent numbers, Texas ranked as the leader in the most worker deaths in construction zones at approximately 186 deaths per year.
In 2020 the Texas DOT says we had over 22,000 car accidents in work zones.
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. In comparison, 27% was caused by backing vehicles, meaning a car backed into a pedestrian. Moreover, information can also be gleaned citing what kind of construction workers were seen, such as those working on road construction sites versus those working in the warehousing industry.
Overall, the research indicates that approximately 639 workers were killed between four years alone while working at a construction site, and there were about 9,500 deaths involved in the construction industry overall. These deaths can be marginally contributed by workers being struck by vehicles, by mobile construction vehicles, or suffered through a fall from their mobile construction vehicle or some type of other collision from a car.
Work Zone Safety Awareness
Additionally, according to Work Zone Safety Awareness presented by the Texas Department of Transportation, there are approximately 22,000 crashes in Texas alone and more than 180 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 state’s urban hubs.
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 essential 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.
- Allow extra time when you hit a work zone.
Traffic Tickets Double in Texas Work Zones
As an added incentive to protect the public and workers, Texas will double a speeding ticket or other violation in a work zone. Also, be aware of the Move Over – Slow Down law which has a heavy fine.
Patience is the Key
In being patient, 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. The “be safe be smart program” by DOT has excellent suggestions for driver safety!
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