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Construction Workers' Accidents Archives

Operation Showboat to target aggressive and distracted drivers

With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) says that travelers around the state need to expect massive amounts of travelers when they hit the roads. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, 834,000 residents of Maryland will travel this upcoming holiday weekend. That's an increase of 2.3 percent from last year and the highest number for Memorial Day weekend since 2005.

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Last week was National Work Zone Awareness Week, with a theme of "Work Zone Safety Is in Your Hands." On April 5, all roadway safety professionals were encouraged to wear orange in an effort to show their support for safety in work zones. The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) wanted those in orange to be sure to post pictures on their social media pages with #Orange4Safety.

Worker killed in tragic Pasadena accident

When construction teams are working on roads or the highway, it's important for drivers to be aware and make sure they don't cause an accident. Speeding, not merging in time and other negligent acts can lead to serious, life-threatening accidents like this one that cost a man his life.

What are some of the most common workplace accidents?

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous for its workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses alone in 2009 with a whopping 9 percent in the construction industry. There are a number of different accidents that can happen, including the following:

Safe head gear is the employer's responsibility, not the worker's

A question for those employed in the construction industry: Did your employer provide you with a hard hat, or did you purchase it yourself? As of May 15, 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that employers provide personal protective equipment at no cost to the worker. While this rule is a good thing when it comes to who is responsible for providing protective gear, it brings a couple of safety issues to the forefront.

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