Georgia DOT Worker Injured in Construction Accident
ATLANTA, GA. – August 13, 2018 (cbs40.com) According to an online news report from cbs40.com, a Georgia Department of Transportation worker was injured August 13 in a construction accident on Interstate 285.*
A section of rebar reportedly fell on the worker while he was working on a construction project at the I-285—Ga. 400 interchange in the Atlanta area. The worker, who has not been identified but is employed by North Perimeter Contractors, suffered arm and leg injuries. Thankfully it does not appear his injuries are life-threatening.
The Georgia DOT said the accident caused closures along the northbound lanes of the Ga. 400 exit to I-285 West. No additional details have been reported at this time.
Summer always brings increased construction projects in Georgia, which means increased chances of accidents involving construction workers. Many workers are injured every year in vehicle accidents. In 2017, more than 20,000 vehicle accidents occurred in work zones, and 55 people died in those accidents.
The Georgia State Transportation Board said many of these crashes occur because drivers do not want to slow down. They do not obey the posted construction speed limits and underestimate the difficulties in navigating through several construction zones. A lot of drivers also don’t understand that safety in work zones means protection for workers and also for the drivers and their passengers.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, 78 percent of the people who die in work zone crashes are the driver or passenger of the car involved. Obeying work zone rules means keeping everyone safe. Georgia law requires drivers to slow down and use caution, even if work is not currently taking place.
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