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Hit the Brakes
Most construction jobsite
dangers can be prevented
through planning and
overall awareness of a
crew's surroundings.
Crews working on road replacement or resurfacing projects,
however, face a risk they can't
easily mitigate by wearing a
helmet, gloves and harness.
According to a highway work
zone study recently conducted by the Associated General
Contractors (AGC) of America,
39 percent of highway contractors nationwide reported that
motor vehicles had crashed
into their work zones during
the past year.
Of those contractors who reported crashes, 44 percent said
the drivers of the vehicles or
their passengers were injured,

and 12 percent of the crashes were fatal to drivers or passengers. Construction workers were
injured in 18 percent of crashes, and 6 percent
of the crashes resulted in a worker's death.
Crashes also have an economic cost, as 25
percent of the 800 contractors who responded
to the survey said collisions forced them to
temporarily stop work. Those delays often got
lengthy, with 51 percent reported to last two
days or more.
Overall, 77 percent of contractors feel that
crashes pose a greater risk today than just 10
years ago, according to the AGC. One potential
solution, suggested by 72 percent of the survey's
respondents, is the increased use of Jersey barriers and other large traffic obstructions on sites.
The AGC recommends drivers stay aware of
cones, barriers and signs. "When you see construction signs and orange barrels, take your
foot off the gas, get off the phone and keep your
eyes on the road," the association says.

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