Flaggers in New Jersey and throughout the country can be at high risk for getting hurt or killed on the job. In 2017, 132 flaggers were killed in traffic crashes that occurred in work zones. However, there are things that these workers can do to minimize the chances of a serious accident taking place. For instance, it is a good idea to wear clothing that’s highly visible both during the day and at night.
Those who are working as flaggers should also be sure to face traffic at all times and to refrain from listening to music on the job. Furthermore, it’s important to plan an escape route as well as pay attention to traffic and weather conditions at all times. Ideally, flaggers will stand at least two lanes away from any vehicles that are using a road or highway.
Anyone who is working on a road should avoid standing on a curve or in any area that is otherwise obscured. Although drivers may react aggressively to the presence of a flagger or construction workers in general, it is important not to acknowledge their actions. Finally, flaggers should refrain from using hand signals or making other gestures that could confuse a driver attempting to get through a work zone.
Anyone who is harmed in a workplace accident could be entitled to benefits that cover the resulting injuries. For the most part, this is true whether a person works in an office, in a warehouse or on a highway. Employers may be wholly or partially liable for damages even if an injury was caused by a motorist or another party who doesn’t work for the company. Attorneys may guide those looking to file workers’ compensation claims.