April showers may bring May flowers, but soon after comes road construction.
Highway work zones are typically seen as a frustration to motorists as they increase congestion and slow our normal commute or delay the start of our long-desired vacation.
For highway workers; however, the signs, cones and barrels provide a whisper thin line of defense separating fast moving traffic from bodily injuries.
According to a recent (4/7/2014) study by the Associated General Contractors of America (Click HERE) the danger is very real for both highway workers AND motorists passing through work zones:
Forty-five percent of highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones during the past year…Association officials added that the study found work zone crashes are more likely to kill vehicle operators and passengers than construction workers.
“There is little margin for error when you work within a few inches of thousands of fast-moving vehicles,” said Tom Case, the chair of the association’s national highway and transportation division and senior vice president of Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite Construction. “As the data makes clear, not enough drivers are slowing down and staying alert near work sites.”
But Case suggested that the best way to improve safety was for motorists to be more careful while driving through highway work zones: “Ensuring proper work zone safety starts and ends with cautious drivers.”
While National Work Zone Awareness Week was conducted in early April, there’s never a bad time to review educational resources that may save a life. To learn more about Work Zones check out this web page that is loaded with resources: http://www.workzonesafety.org/news_events/awareness_week/2014