Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
Tom Foss, president of Brea, Calif.-based Griffith Company and the chairman of the AGC’s Highway and Transportation Division said that 41 percent of contractors reported that motor vehicle operators or passengers were injured during work zone crashes this past year, and 16 percent of those crashes involved a drive or passenger fatality.
Highway work zone crashes also pose a significant risk for construction workers, Foss, noted. He said 16 percent of work zone crashes injure construction workers and 9 percent of those crashes kill them. Work zone crashes also have a pronounced impact on construction schedules and costs, Foss said.
AGC officials said that 69 percent of contractors nationwide feel that tougher laws, fines and legal penalties for moving violations in work zones would reduce injuries and fatalities. In addition, 80 percent of contractors said that an increased use of concrete barriers will help reduce injuries and fatalities. And 70 percent of contractors nationwide agree that more frequent safety training for workers could help.
The work zone safety study was based on a nationwide survey of highway construction firms the association conducted in March and April of this year. Over 800 contractors completed the survey nationwide. View the national and Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington highway construction zone survey results.