The Top 10 Safety Hazards for Road Workers

Road workers are some of the most at-risk workers in the world. They face a number of hazards on a daily basis, including traffic, heavy machinery, and hazardous materials. 


The following are the top 10 safety hazards for road workers: 

  1. Struck-by incidents: These incidents occur when a road worker is hit by a vehicle, object, or flying debris. They are the leading cause of death for road workers. 
  2. Traffic hazards: Road workers often work in close proximity to traffic, which increases the risk of being hit by a vehicle. 
  3. Falls: Road workers are often required to work at heights, which increases the risk of falls. 
  4. Excavations: Excavations can collapse, trapping or burying road workers. 
  5. Heavy machinery: Heavy machinery can cause serious injuries or death if it is not operated safely. 
  6. Hazardous materials: Road workers may be exposed to hazardous materials, such as chemicals or explosives. 
  7. Electrical hazards: Road workers may be exposed to electrical hazards, such as live wires or downed power lines. 
  8. Weather-related hazards: Road workers may be exposed to extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, or snow. 
  9. Violence: Road workers may be exposed to violence, such as from angry motorists or criminals. 
  10. Ergonomic hazards: Road workers may be required to lift heavy objects or work in awkward positions, which can lead to injuries. 

How to stay safe as a road worker 

There are a number of things that road workers can do to stay safe on the job. These include: 

  • Following safety procedures: Road workers should always follow safety procedures, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and using caution when working around heavy machinery or equipment. 
  • Being aware of their surroundings: Road workers should always be aware of their surroundings and be on the lookout for potential hazards. 
  • Communicating with others: Road workers should communicate with each other and with drivers to ensure that everyone is aware of the situation. 
  • Taking breaks: Road workers should take breaks throughout the day to avoid fatigue, which can increase the risk of accidents. 

It is important for road workers to be aware of all of the potential hazards that they may face on the job and to take steps to protect themselves. By following safety procedures and being aware of their surroundings, road workers can help to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. 

Interested in learning how RMV keeps roadworkers safe? Contact our team today.

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