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Safety tips for roadway work zones.
Mulhern B; Lentz TJ
Occup Health Saf 2010 Jan; 79(1):18-20
Each year, roadway work zone crew members sustain approximately 27,000 first aid injuries and 26,000 lost-time injuries at an annual cost of $2.46 billion, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse report. Overall, highway incidents were the third-highest cause of work-related deaths in construction from 1992 through 2005, according to The Center for Construction Research and Training. There are two main causes of fatalities and serious injuries in roadway construction work. One is workers' being struck by construction vehicles. The other is workers' being struck by motorists. An example of the latter is an incident in Dane County, Wis., a little more than a year after Rob Augeri was killed in Massachusetts. County highway department employee James Porter died after being struck by a pickup truck while working on a road maintenance crew. He had just exited his truck when the pickup rear-ended a parked highway department truck, then struck him. Co-workers who attended his funeral wore their safety vests and draped black cloth over part of the truck assigned to him during his 20-year department career. Following his death, Dane County sheriff 's deputies stepped up their efforts to ticket motorists who fail to follow roadway construction zone rules.
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Protective-measures; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
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Occupational Health and Safety
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