Jackson Highway, Roadway & Bridge Worker Lawyer
Mississippi highway, roadway, and bridge workers work in hazardous environments on a daily basis as they improve infrastructure across the state. Thousands of vehicles use Mississippi roadways every day, causing deterioration. People are hired to repair these roads and as drivers, we often take this work for granted. We may get frustrated when there is road work, causing delays to our routines.
However, these workers are often involved in serious accidents. Tens of thousands of highway, roadway, and bridge workers are injured in road and bridge projects every year. Many suffer serious injuries and even death.
If you have been injured while performing your job duties on a roadway, you may wonder: what’s next? The Jackson highway, roadway & bridge worker lawyer at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC can guide you through the process.
Common Hazards for Highway, Roadway, and Bridge Workers
A common hazard for Mississippi highway, roadway, and bridge workers is structure failure. Many structures fail due to architectural or engineering negligence, most commonly improper support caused by erosion. Common hazards include:
- Roadway failures
- Bridge failures
- Structural failures
- Pavement edge drop-offs
Other common hazards include:
- Even with adequate signage, there are unruly drivers out there and they pose a huge hazard to road workers. There’s no telling what drivers may do, so road workers need as much protection as possible. Barricades can be helpful.
- Heavy equipment. The average road construction project requires the use of many different machines, such as dump trucks, concrete mixers, and steamrollers. These machines are large and need to be used safely. It’s important to avoid reckless driving, especially with workers and traffic around.
- Electrical currents. There are a lot of utility lines and live circuits that run under the roads and pavement, which means road workers are also at a particularly high risk of electrocution. Electrical outputs are crucial to infrastructure, so road workers need to know how to work around them safely.
- Low visibility. Accidents occur when workers cannot see clearly or they cannot be seen by others. Visibility issues tend to occur at night and in fog. More accidents occur in these conditions, so make sure traffic can see you. Invest in strong barricades and lots of lights.
- Fatigue and exhaustion. Long days and extreme heat can take its toll on road workers.
Because of this, exhaustion and fatigue are common hazards. Workers should not be afraid to take breaks when needed. When they fail to do so, it can affect them physically and mentally, putting themselves and others in danger.
Contact Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC Today
Those who work on highways, roads, and bridges face a lot of hazards. They are on the road with vehicles and machines, making accidents likely.
Have you been injured? If so, see how the Jackson highway, roadway, and bridge worker lawyer at Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC can help you with your claim. We’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation today by calling (601) 488-3975 or filling out the online form.