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Road Hazards for Construction Workers

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation

While being a construction worker can be a very rewarding job, it can also be quite dangerous. There are a number of road hazards that can increase their risk of injury and put themselves in risk situations.

If you are a construction who has sustained an injury that was caused by a road hazard, reach out to our highly skilled Chicago construction accident attorneys right away. We can help you determine liability and may be able to recover fair and full compensation for your damages. Call us at (312) 236-2900 or fill out our online contact form today.

Most Common Types of Road Hazards for Construction Workers

There are a variety of road hazards construction workers face on a regular basis. However, the most common ones include:

Frustrated or Confused Motorists

The reality is that construction typically leads to motorists who are either frustrated or confused. When a motorist is driving through a construction zone and in a hurry, they may get frustrated and practice aggressive driving behaviors like speeding or abruptly changing lanes.

These types of behaviors can leave construction workers with life-threatening injuries. Also, when motorists are confused by a construction zone, they may not know where to drive or how to drive through it and make an error that injures workers.

Unfortunately, many motorists don’t drive with extra caution while in a construction zone and try to get through it as quickly as possible, even if that means compromising the safety of the workers in it.

Moving Machinery and Equipment

When a construction zone is loaded with moving machinery and equipment, construction workers may be at risk. One worker may be working on a certain machine, fail to see another worker, and injure them as a result. Or, a defective machine or piece of equipment may lead to serious, unexpected injuries that would have never occurred if the machine or equipment was in optimal shape.

Exposure to Vehicle Exhaust

Vehicle exhaust fumes are full of chemicals such as carbon monoxide, sulfur, nitrogen oxides, benzene, and formaldehyde that can be harmful to construction workers, especially if they breathe them in frequently. Sadly, it is not uncommon for construction workers to experience eye and nose irritation, headaches, nausea, respiratory disease, and even lung cancer.

Weather Conditions

Even if the weather isn’t nice outside, construction workers can be seen out on the road performing their jobs. When it’s raining or snowing, they may slip and fall while on the road or up on a machine and sustain serious injuries. Also, when the weather is particularly windy, small particles of debris and dust may enter their eyes or their safety gear may fall off and fail to protect them in an accident.

How to Prevent Accidents Caused by Road Hazards

To reduce the risk of accidents caused by road hazards, you should be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you notice a hazard, point it out to other construction workers to ensure their safety as well. You should also always wear a hard hat and other proper safety equipment.

Of course, you can’t control the negligence of others so if a road hazard construction accident does arise, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation quickly. A lawyer can help you ensure the right party is held accountable.

Injured in a Construction Accident? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident that was caused by a road hazard, it’s important to consult Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. We can perform a thorough investigation of your case and educate you on your legal options. Call us at (312) 236-2900 or fill out our online contact form today.