It's no secret that construction work is dangerous work. But that makes it all the more important to provide adequate protections for construction workers on job sites.
It doesn't matter whether the work involves constructing a building, repairing a highway or some other construction task. The challenge is always there to prevent accidents that result in injury or death.
Last week, two highway construction workers in Maryland lost their lives in a terrible work zone accident. The work zone on Route 40 near Perryville, Maryland, was well marked. But according to the state police, the driver of a Ford Focus hit two construction workers there. Both workers were killed and the driver may face criminal prosecution.
Police questioned the driver at the scene of the accident, but released him. The decision on whether to bring criminal charges lies with the state's attorney for Cecil County.
A witness who lives near the accident site said she had often noticed people failing to pay attention to signs warning of the construction zone ahead. Far too often, drivers wait until the last minute to make necessary lane changes.
Another witness said that the Ford Focus swerved abruptly. State police say they are still investigating the accident and do not yet know how fast the car that hit the workers was traveling.
Both of the workers who were killed worked as contractors for the State Highway Administration. Both were men in their early 40s.
Statewide and nationally, statistics on work zone accidents tell a grim story of the toll they take. In Maryland alone, an average of 15 people a year die in such accidents. And nationally, the number of people injured in them is about 43,000 a year.
Source: "2 Highway Workers Struck, Killed," CBS Baltimore, 1-9-13
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