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Construction dangers in highway work zones

Other recent posts in this blog have discussed the hazards related to construction work, and how this industry is one of the most dangerous in the country. In addition to those who build homes and offices in Illinois, construction workers in highway work zones face numerous risks. Road work zones, in fact, are some of the most dangerous places for construction workers to be.

According to WorkZoneSafety.org, in 2014 there were 31 fatal motor vehicle accidents in work zones across Illinois. Those affected included both highway workers and other people traveling the roads. Construction workers might be just as likely to get injured by passing traffic as they are to be hurt by work-related equipment. For example, drivers are often unprepared for traffic slowing down for road work, or for narrowing lanes or construction equipment in the area. Impatient drivers may insist on speeding through work zones, creating a dangerous situation for workers and other drivers alike.

Other common work zone dangers reflect the hazards that construction workers in other areas face, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include falling, being struck by vehicles or equipment, being caught in between equipment and electrocution. The majority of workers who are struck by equipment are backed over by construction vehicles, particularly dump trucks.

The purpose of Illinois workers' compensation laws is to assist those injured in worksite accidents in getting medical treatment, as well as to provide benefits for families if a loved one is killed on the job. Those who are injured at work may wish to speak with a workers' compensation attorney.

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