Recently, a construction worker was killed while painting lines on I-81 in Franklin County. According to PennDOT, the driver who struck the worker was trying to get around a vehicle whose job was keeping traffic away from the working crew members. It is unfortunate for all parties that this occurred. It is the duty of drivers on the road to be aware of construction workers and give the time, space, and patience they need to do their job safely.
Working on construction sites is potentially hazardous for employees for many reasons. Besides the reason highlighted above, sometimes employers fail to follow all established safety procedures and protocol. It is also a potentially dangerous place for bystanders. These construction claims often involve potential 3rd party claims against other liable defendants, in addition to your workers compensation claim. In a related matter, Attorney Stoehr settled a claim in 2010 for over a million dollars for a man seriously injured near a hole that had been recently excavated. If you have been injured working on a construction site or as a bystander near a construction site, please contact our office for more information or to set up a free consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.