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Do Construction Site Barriers and Barricades Really Protect Pedestrians from Injuries?

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Louisa T. Chen
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As the weather gets nicer, we often see more construction sites, whether it is a new housing development or just the side of a building being refurbished.

If you are a pedestrian walking toward a construction site or zone, you are often directed around a construction barrier or are told to walk on the sidewalk across the street.

These days, pedestrians are often preoccupied by texting or talking on their cell phones.  As they approach the construction site, many are so engrossed in their conversations that they don't pay attention to the site.  They often don't realize that some of the construction sites may not have proper barricades in place, thereby, increasing the risk of harm to pedestrians.  

Putting up barricades at construction sites is not enough to reduce the risk of injuries to pedestrians, motorists and even construction workers.  There should be signs, flaggers and traffic control devices in place pursuant to OSHA regulations.  If the barriers, signs and traffic control devices in place are not compliant with OSHA regulations, the construction site is often unsafe.  Pedestrians and motorists can inadvertently walk or drive into the construction site and sustain serious injuries.  Click here to learn about work zone traffic safety at construction sites.

The next time you approach a construction site, make sure you pay attention to your environment to reduce the risk of injuries.


Category: Construction and Industrial Accidents

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