A one-hour work stoppage will be in effect for construction sites across the state during the week of March 23-27 in observance of national efforts to reduce construction site accidents.
Set to coincide with National Work Zone Awareness week, Georgia transportation and highway safety officials are working with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) tocombat the dangers of working alongside traffic.
Each construction zone will host a “safety stand-down” between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on one of the days in the chosen week. During that time, employers will provide work-zone safety training to help workers avoid being involved in a roadside accident and prevent them from being struck by flying debris.
Flying road debris and vehicles striking workers are a leading cause of injuries among this group.
Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s regional administrator for the Southeast, believes that this event will help raise awareness of the issue and remind employers that workers’ lives may be in serious danger if cautionary measures are not taken.
“This alliance is about the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who died on-the-job because a driver was distracted by a text message, a phone call or other activity,” Petermeyer said of the event.
Make sure to do your part to reduce accidents and help keep construction workers safe at roadside sites. Always slow down when in a construction zone and stay away from the shoulder of the road. Be cautious as you approach workers and remember that their lives are on the line with every car that passes.
If you lost a loved one in a roadside construction accident, or if you were harmed during your work at a roadside construction site, contact an attorney to explore your legal options.
The workers’ compensation lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm defend the rights of construction workers who have been harmed at the hands of another, and you may have a claim for compensation because of what happened to you.