Almost every day at some point we pass by some sort of road construction area. It is often a frustration to many of us as we hurry along on our day, however, what we may not be aware of is the risks that road crews put themselves up against each day. As Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys, we see a fair share of injured workers and felt it important to bring awareness to the risks that Pennsylvania road crews subject themselves to each day.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 20,000 road construction workers are injured on the job every year throughout the country. Of these, about 12 percent are a result of car accidents or other transportation-related accidents. Often traced back to speeding, driving under the influence and simply disregarding important traffic patterns, drivers can take the lives of road crews in their hands. As pedestrians on roadways, construction workers face deadly dangers when individuals disregard traffic patterns, speed limits or other imperative signage.
When working on Pennsylvania roads, construction workers must use heavy and dangerous equipment to move, break apart, and repair roads. If used improperly or a malfunction occurs, the risk for a Pennsylvania workplace injury is very high. It is a risk that these workers knowingly take each day.
Impaired drivers are a threat to others even in the best of conditions. Add in confusing road patterns, sudden stops, and pedestrian workers in the shoulders and medians, and the results can be dangerous and deadly for road crews – especially those crews who do overnight work.
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits are available to individuals who have been injured on the job. For the thousands of construction workers injured while working on road repair, workers’ compensation benefits provide money towards medical expenses, lost wages, and ongoing medical care. The experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation legal team of Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo are here to help. Call us today at 888-807-WORK (9675) to schedule a no-cost case evaluation.