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Proper planning can help prevent work zone accidents

When working in a work zone on or near a roadway, there are many hazards you need to be aware of. Construction sites are filled with trucks and mobile equipment moving through the area. Workers are constantly exposed to the potential of being hit by these and other vehicles.

A worker who is struck by a moving vehicle could suffer catastrophic injuries. But the likelihood of workers being harmed while in a work zone can be reduced if the proper precautions are taken.

Employing a traffic control plan is one of the most fundamental steps that is typically taken to protect workers. The controlling authority, be it local, state or federal, determines the design of the traffic control zone which is used by pedestrians and vehicles. And the construction project manager is in charge of creating an internal traffic control plan for the construction/demolition area of the worksite.

There are a number of mechanisms used to help ensure the safety of everyone who works or passes within the work zone. These mechanisms include, but are not limited to:

  • Flaggers wearing highly visible clothing.
  • Lighting used to illuminate flagger stations.
  • Signs with both standard highway information and routing information.
  • Various types of barriers.
  • Other assorted traffic control devices such as cones, barrels, delineator posts and barricades.

With a good traffic control plan and all the other safety mechanisms in place, workers should be able to perform their tasks in the work zone. But no amount of planning or precautions can completely eliminate the possibility of a worker being struck by a vehicle.

If you were injured while working in a work zone, you could require expensive medical care. You could even be forced to take time off from work for treatment and recovery. But workers' compensation could help cover your expenses. And an experienced workers' compensation attorney could work on your behalf in pursuit of appropriate benefits.

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