Nearly Half of Contractors Experienced Work Site Crashes Last Year
According to a study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), a whopping 47% percent of contractors said a vehicle crashed into their work zones in 2013. The study also find that crashes “are more likely to kill vehicle operators and passengers than construction workers.”
43 percent of contractors reported that vehicle operators and passengers suffered injuries due to the crashes, while 16 percent of them were killed. As for construction workers, 20 percent of the crashes resulted in injuries and 6 percent ended with casualties.
The crashes inflicted financial losses as well. The study found that 25 percent of contractors had to temporarily cease work on the site and “38 percent of those project shutdowns lasted two or more days.”
So what could be done to alleviate the situation? Contractors suggest a few things: “tougher laws, fines and legal penalties for moving violations in work zones”, using concrete barriers, as well as better safety training.
Read the full press release at AGC’s website.