One of the most common causes of injury and fatalities on road construction zones are when workers directing traffic are run over, usually by motorists who aren’t obeying the rules of the road and of the particular construction zone.
Such an incident took place recently on a highway in Ontario, Canada when a construction worker directing traffic was hit by a private vehicle, killing him instantly.
The accident is currently under investigation however reports say the 55 year old construction worker was directing the traffic around a boom lift under an overpass on Wednesday when the accident occurred. The driver of the private vehicle and his passenger were not injured in the accident.
The following excerpt from an article on Blackburnnews.com explains further:
Elgin County OPP say a 55-year-old St. Thomas man was hit by a westbound pick-up truck while he was directing traffic around a boom lift being used to help construction workers on the Burwell Rd. overpass.
Crews have been doing bridge maintenance on the bypass for several weeks, and police confirm the man was a construction worker.
The man was pronounced dead on the scene, just after the late morning accident. The two Aylmer men in the pick-up truck were not injured.
OPP are in the early stages of the investigation and say Hwy. 3 will be closed between Centennial Ave. and First Ave. until around 5pm Wednesday.
Police will release the man’s name once next-of-kin are notified.
Police and authorities in the area later urged the public to be particularly cautious while travelling and be on the lookout for road construction zones. It is also important that members of the public abide by the speed limits and adjust their speed when they approach road construction zones.
For construction zone controllers it is vital that motorists are informed well in advance of upcoming road works and construction zones. If the road is going to narrow, the speed limit is going to drop or any other changes are being made on the road as a result of construction or maintenance work, motorists should be warned in advance and be given ample distance to adjust their driving behaviour. Warning signs should be sufficient and clearly visible even at night.
Those who direct traffic should be properly trained to do so and should also be clearly visible to approaching motorists.
In this particular instance police have urged motorists to exercise patience and put the greater good ahead of their own personal interests when driving through construction zones. While we might be in a hurry, a worker’s life is more important than simply rushing to get to our destination in less time. John Mraud, Detachment Commander for the Cambridge Ontario Provincial Police stated:
“People have to keep in mind if being 5 minutes late is worth someone’s life as a result of a collision from carelessness or haste. In a split second, there can be devastating consequences, not just to the person that’s been hit and their family – but also to the person driving. They have to wear this and deal with this.”