More than 100 construction workers are killed each year in highway work zones, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration. Many of these tragedies are the result of workers being struck and killed by passing motorists.
There is inherent risk during any road work, and there is no magic formula that will prevent all accidents, but you can dramatically reduce the likelihood of a crash by following a few basic safety rules.
To create a safer work zone this season:
- Ensure workers wear high-visibility apparel at all times, especially during dawn or dusk hours, so drivers can see them
Use temporary, glare-controlled lighting during night work to increase visibility for both workers and drivers
Post speed limits around the work zone. If using a radar-activated changeable message sign, make sure messages can be easily understood by drivers
Establish and enforce “work site rules” for how workers should work safely around traffic
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