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How to Stay Safe as a Roadway Worker

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation

Although the summer has come to an end and the colder weather has made its debut, there are still plenty of roadway workers in Chicago. Unfortunately, these workers are highly susceptible to serious injuries and even death. The good news is that there are ways a roadway worker can protect themselves while they are performing their on-the-job duties. Read on to learn how they can stay safe.

If you are a roadway worker that has sustained a serious injury at work, it is in your best interest to consult a highly skilled Chicago workplace injury lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We may be able to help you recover compensation in an Illinois workers’ compensation claim. Call us today at 312-236-2900 or use our online contact form.

Safety Tips for Roadway Workers

Roadway workers are surrounded by distracted, aggressive, and drunk motorists every day. Therefore, it’s important for them to practice the following safety tips while they are on the job.

Undergo Training

Working safely near motor vehicle traffic is a skill that needs to be learned. Roadway workers must participate in training to understand the proper techniques, device use and placement necessary to keep themselves safe.

Wear Protective Clothing

One of the main reasons roadway works suffer from injuries is because they aren’t visible to motorists. By wearing highly visible clothing that adheres to the standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers can increase the chances of motorists seeing them.

Ensure Correct Barrier Placement

Road safety barriers are essential for reducing the risk of a motorist striking a roadway worker. Roadway workers must be well-versed in knowing where to place them. The volume of traffic, time of day, traffic speed, and clearance of workers from adjacent traffic should all play a role in how they are placed.

Reduce Speed

When motorists cruise through work zones at high speeds, their chances of hurting a roadway worker or causing an accident become high. Therefore, it’s vital for roadway workers to reduce speed through speed zoning, lane reduction, the use of police officer or flaggers, or funneling.

Be Aware of Surroundings

Sometimes, roadway workers place all of their attention on the task they are performing. While this is important, they should also be aware of their surroundings at all times. A car can hit them when they least expect it so they need to know what’s going on around them.

How a Workplace Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you get hurt while performing your job as a roadway worker, be sure to seek legal representation after visiting the doctor. A workplace injury lawyer can help you determine which types of workers’ compensation benefits you may be eligible for and guide you through the process of filing an Illinois workers’ compensation claim.

With their knowledge and experience, you can reduce your risk of a claim denial and ensure you receive the maximum compensation you may be entitled to. Your workplace injuries may qualify you for these benefits:

  • Medical bill compensation for emergency care and ongoing treatment
  • Temporary total disability if you’re unable to work for a period of time
  • Temporary partial disability benefits if are only able to perform a less rigorous amount of work or work fewer hours
  • Permanent total disability benefits if you are unable to work because of your injuries
  • Permanent partial disability if you have a permanent physical or psychological impairment yet can work a bit
  • Vocational rehabilitation if you need to work in a new industry or position

Death benefits are also available for family members of workers who lose their lives in work-related accidents.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at 312-236-2900 to speak to an experienced Chicago workplace injury lawyer. They can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected in a free, no-obligation consultation. You may also use our online contact form.