Cincinnati workplace negligence lawyer and Ohio catastrophic injury attorney reviews the causes of work zone accidents in Ohio & Kentucky
Road construction work zones are dangerous work sites both for passing motorists and for on-site workers. Construction work zone accidents result in a large number of catastrophic and fatal accidents each year in Ohio and Kentucky, and many are considered preventable with proper site design and management.
In 2015 there were an estimated 96,626 crashes in work zones, an increase in recent years. Accidents are most likely to occur on urban interstates, road and bridges, and can have fatal consequences.
For those injured while working at a highway, bridge or road construction work zone, compensation may be available, and a claim against a negligent party can recover payment for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Catastrophic Injury Lawyer and Workplace negligence attorney representing inured plaintiffs nationwide following work zone accidents.
Common Work Zone Accidents & Injuries
- Equipment crush injury
- Slips and falls
- Toxic Asphalt Exposure
- Crane Accidents
- Car Collisions
- Severe Whiplash
- Power line electrocution
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Injury
The majority of fatal work zone accidents involve a worker making contact with a passing vehicle or on-site piece of heavy equipment. Construction workers are just as likely to be struck by a dump truck, road grader, or other heavy vehicle as a passing car. About half of work zone accidents involve backing vehicles.
Ohio Work Zone Accident Prevention
Inadequate safety measures are rightly blamed in many accidents within work zones. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has repeatedly addressed concerns of poor visibility around large construction equipment, because of the large blind spots that limit the visibility of pedestrian workers in work zones.
Attorneys contend that road construction crew members may be victims of poor site design and negligent management. Frequent Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) violations in bridge, tunnel, highway and road construction work zones include:
- Lack of fall protection
- Poor crane Safety
- Poorly maintained machines
- Improper hazard communication
- Lack of protective systems or equipment
- Lack of barriers or signage
- Lack of worker training
- Worker Fatigue
- Poor lighting or visibility
Workers in road work zones are extremely vulnerable. According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2003 and 2015, upwards of 1,500 workers died at road construction sites.
Work Zone Accidents & Cause of Fatalities
- Runovers or backovers of pedestrian worker
- Vehicle and Mobile Equipment collision
- Workers caught in between or struck by equipment
- Passing vehicle negligence
Driver safety precautions can reduce the number of injuries and deaths in work zones. Drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits, yield to workers and machinery, follow construction signage and caution signals, give construction vehicles a large berth, and remain alert for any workers on or near the roadway. Work zone injuries caused by motorists’ driver error is often linked to the following:
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a road construction site, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding work zone accidents.