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Work Zone Safety Awareness: What You Need to Know

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2015 alone, 136 construction workers were killed due to roadway accidents. Working on the side of the road is extremely dangerous. Therefore, it is especially important to practice the proper safety tips when you are doing work in a work zone. For more on work zone safety, continue reading below.

In the event that you are seriously injured while in a work zone, it is important to understand your legal rights. Since the accident occurred at work, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, you may also have an option of a third party claim if someone else is to blame. If you think this applies to you, it is in your best interest to call a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

We can investigate your case and assist you in filing your claim. For a free, initial consultation, contact us at (312) 236-2900 or fill out our online contact form today.

Ensure There is a Plan in Place

A transportation management plan is key to ensuring the safety of yourself and other workers. This plan should consist of how to safely control traffic. It is also a good idea to have a traffic control plan for inside the work zone regarding heavy equipment, vehicles, and more.

It is also a good idea to have a safety plan in place that is specific to the current site. This can include all potential hazards and how to control them in addition to equipment inspections, first-aid accessibility, and each employee’s safety training schedule.

Control Traffic

Being able to control the flow of traffic is essential to ensuring work zone safety. Make sure that there are plenty of warnings indicating that the vehicle is approaching a work zone and also indicators of when the work zone is over.

It is important to note that all traffic control devices must comply with the Federal Highway Administration’s >Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Properly Mark the Work Zone

You should create separate work areas to help avoid accidents. You can do this by placing barrels and other markers to clearly indicate the work zone.

Stay Aware of All Surroundings

It is essential to always stay aware of what is going on around you. You should try to always face traffic while you are working and have spotters on hand to watch out for motorists and heavy equipment inside the work zone.

Additionally, operators should try to avoid all blind spots by making sure that all mirrors and visual aids are in proper working order.

Wear the Right Equipment

As a worker, you should always ensure that you are wearing all of the proper safety equipment in the work zone. This includes but is not limited to hard hats, steel toed boats, brightly colored clothing.

Ensure a Competent Person is On-Site

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a competent individual should always be in a work zone when work is being performance. OSHA defines a competent person as someone “capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.”

This person’s role is also to select the proper gear for workers and traffic control devices. If there is a work zone hazard, workers should notify this individual as soon as possible.

Always Be Hydrated

It is vital to ensure that you are staying hydrated while in a work zone. Drink lots of water and other liquids with electrolytes, such as Gatorade or coconut water. Also make sure to take breaks and get out of the sun to cool down in order to avoid heat exhaustion.

A Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help

Work zone safety is essential to successfully completing your construction job. It is important to work together with your peers in order to stay safe and follow all the proper procedures.

In the event that you are seriously injured while working in a work zone, be sure to contact a skilled Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm.

Our team at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you receive the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call us at (312) 236-2900 or fill out our online contact form.