One of the most dangerous jobs in Bucks County and Pennsylvania as a whole is roadway construction workers. The danger increases during the warmer months due to the increase construction and increased traffic. Many of these incidents cause fatalities because cars and trucks are hitting construction workers within highway construction zones.
Fatalities in roadway construction zones peaked in 2003 but have decreased significantly. In Pennsylvania, the number of construction site fatal accidents was lowest in 2013 and highest in 2004, 2005 and 2008. Fatalities may be categorized by the type of accident, and 69 percent of nationwide accidents in 2013 involved transportation. Occupations included construction and maintenance workers, truck drivers, workers operating construction equipment and supervisors.
Decreasing highway construction zone fatalities and injuries should be a priority. Everyone should remember to SLOW DOWN while driving through a construction zone. Pay attention to the workers on the side of the road.