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Factors Affecting Highway Construction Worker Safety


Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer advocates for highway construction worker safety.Each year, more than 100 highway construction workers across the country are killed on jobsites by passing cars or construction vehicles. Many more are seriously injured. Several factors have been found to contribute to the risk of these fatal accidents, including the following:

  • Lack of training and information about current jobsite conditions
  • Negligence of the general driving public, including distracted driving and speeding through construction zones
  • Workers’ use of personal cell phones in construction zones
  • Complacency among experienced workers who feel immune to danger

Fortunately, construction companies are finding new approaches for reducing these risks, including the following:

Apps. One company has developed an app that helps contractors develop hazard analysis and accident prevention plans. The app also makes it easier to disseminate the information to construction crews.

Conveyor belts. Another company is using conveyor belts instead of dump trucks to move material around job sites. This reduces the number of moving vehicles on site.

GPS devices. More companies are making greater use of GPS devices to monitor the movements of work vehicles and heavy equipment in real time, notifying managers immediately if a vehicle is speeding or braking suddenly. Fleet tracking equipment is also being used for geofencing, which creates specific boundaries where construction vehicles are allowed to operate.

Highway construction workers face unique workplace hazards. In addition to typical construction site hazards, negligent actions increase the risk of injury and death among highway workers. If you or someone you know was seriously injured at work, seek the skilled counsel of a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP. We advocate for employees throughout Pennsylvania who suffered work-related injuries or illnesses. For a free consultation, fill out our online form or call us today at 267-589-0090. From our office in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.