In many areas, the first real signs of spring are the road construction crews that suddenly appear everywhere. Road repairs are an important part of maintaining the country’s infrastructure, so construction crews are busy almost as soon as the weather starts to break.
If you’re relatively new to working construction on a road crew, you may not realize just how dangerous your new job really is. Transportation-related accidents are responsible for more than 65% of the worksite fatalities among road crews. To keep yourself safe, use the following tips:
- Be conscious of the danger. Never approach a work site without appraising the conditions and checking for obvious hazards.
- Follow safety protocols. The regulations imposed on road crews are there for your protection. Don’t take chances with your life.
- Watch where you walk. Make eye contact before you approach the operator of a piece of heavy machinery or truck so that they’re aware of your presence. Use communication signals to help convey your message or show the operator where you are going.
- Use your vehicle carefully. If you’re put in charge of operating a piece of equipment or a vehicle, take all due care: Wear your seat belt and put the parking brake on when you’re on a hill to prevent injuries to yourself and others.
- Wear personal protective equipment or high-visibility clothing. Those fluorescent vests, reflective armbands and safety helmets can save your life.
- Take appropriate breaks. It’s important to stay hydrated and reduce your fatigue. If you’re dehydrated or overly tired, you may make unusual mistakes that endanger your safety.
If you are injured while working on a road crew or another construction project, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. Find out how an experienced advocate can help.