Road Work zones are some of the most dangerous within the construction industry. Construction workers are at high risk for on-the-job accidents. They dodge drivers swerving through the maze of cones, barrels, signs, and lane changes. Plus, workers must navigate a field of heavy equipment, flashing lights, noisy vehicles, and heavy sometimes hazardous materials.
Every single day, road construction workers risk injury, adapt to stress, and suffer fatigue. Injuries can keep them away from work, create medical expenses, and add concerns about their ability to provide for their families.
As an attorney who represents clients in Chicago and Illinois on Workers’ Compensation claims, I fight for victims to gain the benefits they deserve. With the risks these workers face, I want to offer suggestions that will reduce the likelihood of injuries at a road construction site.
Wear Safety and Protective Gear. This means more than just a helmet to protect your head. It’s wearing a high-visibility vest and safety eyewear. Good footing and foot protection is critical. You need traction for treacherous terrain and a composite toe for protection from impact. Tools and equipment slip and your feet are a prime target. Foot injuries can keep you away from work for extended periods.
Minimize Potential Crew Negligence. Failing to post warning signs for drivers invite confusion and danger. Be certain tools, supplies, and debris are out of the roadway. Be extra cautious as construction vehicles pull into moving traffic. Making traffic safer makes you safer.
Prevent Rear-end Collisions. Be sure flashing lights, reduced speed signs, and flaggers alert drivers. Rolling maintenance is especially vulnerable. Work zone traffic can back up and leave drivers little or no space between vehicles. Most accidents in these zones are rear-end collisions.
Hydrate. Proper hydration is tied to alertness. It helps avoid fatigue and supports better concentration. Dehydration and fatigue slow response time and make you more susceptible to injury.
Safety Meetings. Attend that safety meeting at the start of every shift. They keep you aware of what everyone around you is doing and your role on the playing field. They also keep you aware of the equipment being used that day.
What To Do If You’re Injured.
Construction accidents happen quickly and are always unexpected. If you are injured while on the job, I recommend a 5-step checklist to maximize success. I know the territory, the pitfalls, and the hurdles.
Step 1: Medical Care. Seek medical attention and treatment immediately. Be sure to get copies of medical records of your exam and treatment. Take photos of any cuts or bruises that may not be revealed on X-rays.
Step 2: Notify your employer. Notify your employer as soon as possible. In Illinois, you have only a short time to make your employer aware of the injury.
Step 3: Document the situation. Accidents are scary. Details are easy to overlook. Write down what you remember happening as soon as possible. Equipment condition? Your location? Who came to help? Do not share these notes with anyone other than your attorney who will find them enormously helpful in fighting for you.
Step 4: Notify your union. If you’re a member of a union, make your steward aware of your injury. Your union can provide significant help.
Step 5: Retain an attorney. Contact an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced with Workers Compensation cases.
Chicago Worker’s Compensation Attorneys. We Help Victims.
The Attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner apply a disciplined approach to gain a comprehensive perspective of the facts, issues, and injuries experienced. We help you navigate the claims process to ensure that you receive all the benefits you deserve. We make the legal process as stress-free as possible.
On-the-job injuries are complex. Insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a highly trained and skilled attorney to protect your rights.
We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. 50 years of experience counts.
We make the legal process as stress free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.
If you or a loved one is injured or a victim of an auto accident, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.