Driving a motor vehicle without sufficient rest can have deadly consequences. That risk is not limited to truck drivers. Commuters sometimes drive after working long shifts, placing themselves and others in or near the roadway in danger. Car accidents caused by sleepy drivers are often deadly, as was the one that recently caused the death of a Pennsylvania pedestrian.
A construction zone accident in which a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employee was struck by a dump truck was reported in our previous blog post ("Dump truck driver causes work injury in construction zone," on Aug. 19). Since the accident, the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance urged employers to be proactive in protecting workers in construction zones. The alliance is a conglomerate of labor unions, contractor associations and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was noted that almost 50 percent of construction zone fatalities and workers injured on the job are caused by safety violations on the work site.
Workers in construction zones along Pennsylvania highways are exposed to multiple safety hazards, and reports of on-the-job injuries are not uncommon. In many cases, such injuries are caused by negligent or distracted drivers. An investigation into a recent work injury that was allegedly caused by a dump truck operator was launched by the Pennsylvania State Police.
As in other states, fatalities and injuries in car accidents that involve teenage drivers in Pennsylvania are of great concern to many. Unfortunately, many of these accidents occur when a group of teens travel together. One such tragic auto accident recently occurred in Bucks County.
Pennsylvania workers have certain basic rights related to workplace safety. However, some may not know what those rights are, and what level of compensation to expect if they are injured on the job. Many victims of workplace injuries do not know where to start or what the workers' compensation claims process entails.