Traffic Control is Top of Mind this time of Year
Save a life! Construction accidents and fatalities are the reality. Only you can prevent them.
Imagine your work desk was in the middle of a busy highway with hundreds of vehicles driving past you and signs or barricades were your only defense. Now imagine what would happen if the driver was distracted for a split second and missed the bright orange Workers Ahead sign?
The sad truth is that road construction accidents are on the rise. From 2011 to 2016 a total of 532 construction workers were killed while performing work. This number is more than twice the combined total for all other industries combined – according to The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).
More than 70% of road construction site fatalities occurred in the highway, street, and bridge subsector, according to CPWR. And these accidents need to stop.
Construction, utility, maintenance, and repair workers have been struck by vehicles, heavy equipment, or mobile equipment while performing upgrades, and more per the FHWA.
The most common cause of road construction deaths between 2011 and 2016 was pedestrian vehicular incidents where a worker (a non-occupant of a vehicle) was struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment (50.2%).
Road construction accidents by the numbers:
- The number of road construction worker deaths rose to 103 in 2016 from a period-low 72 in 2013 – a 43 percent increase.
- The highest fatality rate at 40.9 per 100,000 is for workers operating crossing guards.
- October and June have the highest fatal incidents with 12.8 percent in October and 12.2 percent in June.
- 1,269 road construction worker deaths occurred at construction sites from 2003 through 2016.
Protecting road construction workers starts with you – the driver.
Proposed ideas to increase the visibility and safety of workers are underway. Agencies such as OSHA, NIOSH, and the Federal Highway Administration are trying to protect those in work zones. Proposed ideas include adding visibility to workers with signage, barriers, warning systems for drivers and workers, enforcing speed reduction, and using engineering controls that close roads or reroute drivers will help.
When driving through a work zone area, it’s critical for drivers to be 100% committed to the road. Distracted driving kills and staying focused on the road is the only way to ensure that your driving is not at fault.
At Safetycal we take pride in providing Traffic Control and Traffic Signs geared to alert drivers about road construction and to keep the signs visible even in low-light conditions. Before starting a road construction project, it's critical to have safety identification products that will keep you safe while working in dangerous conditions, such as road construction.