Road Construction Safety
On October 16, 2013, a construction worker was hit by a passing car in Butler, Colorado. The worker was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries and the driver is being sought for questioning. It is suspected that the driver was texting while driving which caused her to remove her eyes from the road resulting in the accident.
The recent accident stresses the importance of following all safety procedures while working on or close to a road.
Safety Tips for Road Construction
- Wear Proper Safety Equipment- This includes hard hats, steel-toed boots, any hearing protection that is necessary, proper attire. You should also be wearing highly visible vests or jackets so that road traffic can spot you quickly.
- Lighting- Be sure that you have ample lighting when working at night. This is both necessary for your work and so that drivers have a visual of you and your equipment.
- Barricades- Arrange barricades with reflectors in areas both around your work site and also a good distance prior to your work site. It is important to give the drivers a visual warning of work ahead.
- Signage- Display appropriate signage as well before the work site begins. Provide a distance so that the drivers know when to expect to move over or slow down.
- Avoid Blind Spots- Make sure you are visible at all times. This is important when working around heavy equipment. A good rule of thumb is that if you cant see the driver, they cant see you.
- Be Prepared- Have a plan, hold a daily safety meeting with all workers, stay hydrated, communicate with your team.
These are just a few safety tips for workers working near the road. Do you have any more tips? Feel free to add to this list.
Stay safe out there!
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