There are certain jobs in Pennsylvania that place workers at risk of injuries. That includes many jobs common to the area such as miners, steel workers, law enforcement and construction employees. The circumstances can place these employees at risk and state regulators will frequently discuss strategies for workers to stay safe and avoid the inherent problems that accompany workplace injuries. Still, when there is a work accident, it is important for those who have been hurt and their families to understand how to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Taking caution in state work zones
Road construction is a necessity for improvements and repairs. Workers are stationed in these areas and perform their duties knowing there is always a chance for an accident. Some accidents occur because of the work they are doing with machinery and heavy tools. Others are due to an auto accident with a driver who was not following the rules of driving in work zones. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has emphasized safety in these areas even as the road work is slowing for the winter months.
Three recent accidents have stoked safety concerns in work zones. Overall, from the beginning of the year through Nov. 10, there were 72 accidents in which vehicles have intruded work zones across the state. In seven, workers suffered injuries. There were 25 accidents that damaged equipment or vehicles in the work zones. Forty resulted in no damage or injuries. However, when there is an accident of this kind, people – especially workers – are in jeopardy. Penalties for drivers who speed in work zones will be doubled. There can also be license suspensions and fines for injuries that happen during a work zone accident.
Workers’ compensation coverage
While these warnings from the state are beneficial to encourage safety in work zones, many drivers will ignore these entreaties and drive recklessly. This can cause accidents and injuries to the workers. Workers who are hit can have broken bones, spinal cord damage, head injuries, cuts and more. They may have major medical expenses, be unable to work and face an uncertain future. Workers’ compensation benefits can help to cover what they lost and they might also have the option of filing a third-party lawsuit. Consulting with a firm with experience in work accidents can help to provide guidance on how to move forward.