April 24, 2014
Here are some interesting statistics about work-related pedestrian fatalities over the past 10 years. There were 22 work-related pedestrian fatalities from 2004 to 2013. More than half of those workers died when vehicles struck them along the side of a road or highway. Six of those incidents involved semi-trucks that swerved or drifted onto the shoulder and struck a worker.
Here is a summary:
Source: DCBS Central Services Division, Research and Analysis, 03/24/14
Whether you're on or off the job, always be cautious around traffic. Never assume that drivers can see you or that they have complete control of their vehicles. Driver behaviors such distracted driving, driving above posted speed limits, driving aggressively, ignoring traffic signs, and running red lights make highway vehicles unpredictable and dangerous.
And always be defensive whenever you're walking near traffic:
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