Connecticut State Police and other law enforcement agencies have stepped up their public service announcements highlighting their increased enforcement of traffic infractions in road construction zones in recent years.
They’ve been motivated to do so because, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), at least 100 construction workers die every year in incidents at roadway work sites. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), another 20,000 suffer injuries in similar types of incidents each year.
Data compiled by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) shows that all but 45 percent of fatal worksite incidents occur within designated work zones. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records show that all but 44 percent of these fatalities are transportation-related. At least 56 percent of those incidents involve someone baking up a vehicle and colliding with a worker. Of those, all but 40 percent involve a dump truck striking the victim.
Another leading cause of construction worker injuries includes workers being run into or being struck by falling objects. Slips and falls are also quite common. Overexertion and reactions to being exposed to harmful substances are also common reasons that road construction workers get hurt.
Back-over or run-over incidents account for nearly one-half of all worker fatalities. Collisions between workers and either mobile equipment or vehicles account for a significant portion of these incidents. Incidents where a worker becomes tangled up in or struck by construction equipment also claim a significant amount of lives.
In addition to the aforementioned, the Associated General Contractors of America Highway Worker Safety Program contends that unprotected edges and surfaces that are improperly constructed have a strong potential of injuring workers. The risk of being electrocuted, particularly if a worker comes in contact with live circuits or utility lines, is also high.
Many workers feel confident in knowing that if they’re hurt on the job, that their employers will cover their medical bills. What many don’t realize is that, oftentimes, the doctors that they’re forced to see are looking out for their employer’s best interests and not theirs.
If the quality of medical care that you’ve received for your workplace injury has been substandard, then a Stamford attorney will advise you to act quickly to protect your rights to get the treatment that you truly deserve.