This time of year it is not uncommon for construction projects on roadways to be undertaken throughout the state of North Carolina. As is the case with building construction projects, these construction sites are often dangerous for workers. There are many reasons for this including the way the site is ever-changing throughout the construction project as well as the often massive and heavy equipment used.
Last year, motor vehicle accidents impacted the lives of millions of Americans. One reason that motor vehicle accident rates spiked last year in certain contexts has recently been made increasingly clear. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that certain sleep aids remain in the system of certain patients well into the morning hours. This level of medication causes individuals to remain drowsy at the start of the day and inspires accidents as workers leave for their jobs and also causes employees to be hurt on the job.
Construction workers face hazardous situations on a regular basis. As a result, they are typically required to use of specific safety equipment to protect them from harm. To aid both workers and employers in choosing the appropriate safety gear and avoiding personal injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued personal protective equipment, or PPE, guidelines.
Construction is dangerous work. Nationally, in 2010, there were nearly 196,000 construction injuries, according to federal statistics. This meant there were about four injuries for every 100 construction workers.