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Few things are more frightening for construction workers than getting caught in a trench collapse. It's a very sudden accident, it can absolutely be fatal and it may be difficult or even impossible for workers on the surface to render assistance after the collapse takes place.
Using pickup trucks, dump trucks and other types of heavy machinery is something you cannot always avoid on a construction site. As helpful as these vehicles are, they also pose some fairly significant threats to workers -- especially when they are backing up.
Year after year, falls continue to plague the construction industry. They are the biggest reason for life-threatening injuries and fatalities. They're the greatest risk to workers.
One of the most dangerous elements of working on a construction site is being around vehicles and machinery that are backing up. Those in charge of construction sites have a responsibility to ensure that workers who are operating these vehicles and machinery exercise caution when putting their equipment in reverse. All workers should also be trained to take care when working around moving vehicles.
People who work in road crews doing construction on interstates and tollways around Chicago have some of the most dangerous jobs there are. Aside from the usual dangers involved in working in any construction area, they face the threat of distracted, impaired and just plain reckless motorists.
Electrocutions are the third most common reason for construction worker deaths -- accounting for 10 percent of them. Many are the result of live wires around and above construction sites. As with most on-the-job injuries and fatalities, they're often preventable with training, planning and proper equipment.
While construction work slows down here in Illinois during our brutal winters, it doesn't come to a halt. Some projects still have to move forward. However, employers need to take some additional precautions to protect their employees from extreme cold, strong freezing winds and icy conditions.
A construction site in suburban Chicago turned deadly earlier this month when a steel beam fell some 30 feet and struck two workers. A 55-year-old man died and his 27-year-old co-worker was critically injured.
As we recently discussed, construction workers whose jobs put them on Illinois interstates and expressways are at considerable risk of injury by negligent, reckless and impaired motorists. Recently, some Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) workers actually detained an alleged drunk driver until Illinois State Police (ISP) could get to him.
Construction workers whose jobs place them on or along Illinois' tollways and expressways have among the most dangerous jobs there are. Not only are they working with heavy, potentially dangerous equipment, but they're near or in the midst of fast-moving traffic. While drivers are instructed to slow down when approaching construction areas, not everyone heeds those directions.