California construction workers put themselves in danger every time they go to work in a highway work zone. While these areas may be protected by some barriers, it does not mean that they are fully safe from the risk of being injured or even killed on the job. It is up to their employers to be more vigilant about protecting them from the risks that they face at work.
One of the main reasons why construction workers are at greater risk is because drivers are not focused when they drive through work zones. This risk is even more pronounced now that motorists text and operate systems such as CarPlay while driving. They often speed through work zones and do not observe the lowered speed limits posted.
Even with more dangerous drivers, employers can take steps to safeguard their workers. They should install more advanced and firmer barriers to protect their personnel from being struck by drivers through the work zone. They may also give their workers brighter clothing to make them more visible.
Authorities can further lower speed limits in work zones and undertake more vigorous enforcement of traffic laws. However, the primary onus for instilling a culture of safety is on the employer through their work rules and measures that they take on the job.
Construction workers who are hurt on the job face costs from their injuries that are exacerbated by the fact that they cannot work. The lost wages may be temporary or permanent in some cases. When an employee has been hurt, they can file a workers’ compensation claim or a lawsuit if their injury was the fault of a negligent driver. A workers’ compensation attorney may help injured workers navigate the complex system of filing a claim.