A new survey by HCSS Software Solutions and Associated General Contractors found that vehicle crashes continue to pose a threat to highway construction workers, as work zones likewise pose a threat to vehicle drivers and passengers. The survey found specifically that a whopping 64% of highway contractors “report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year,” a massive danger to both parties—though the data suggests the risk is greater for drivers and passengers than for workers.
The survey polled a total of 538 respondents on a number of questions. Its results include findings that 18% of contractors experienced vehicle crashes in which at least one worker sustained injuries, while 41% of contractors experienced vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries to vehicle occupants. And while only seven percent reported vehicle crashes in which construction workers lost their lives, 15% reported on vehicle crashes in which vehicle occupants lost their lives.