Construction sites near or on roads need crash attenuation surrounding the site. The safety of the workers is essential, and changes in driving habits have made working by the road more dangerous than ever. While cities and counties have passed laws to increase worker safety, such as requiring cars to move over into the next lane, construction crews can't be too careful. Anyone working by the side of the road or in a lane, or even in a nearby area where cars could drive up to the site -- has to be protected.
Increases in Drugged and Distracted Driving
One of the biggest problems has been the increase in drugged and distracted driving. Warning signs and cones blocking off lanes of traffic work for most drivers, but distracted drivers aren't going to see these, and drugged drivers might not care. In June 2018, NBC News reported that fatal crashes involving drivers on drugs increased from 28 percent in 2006 to 44 percent in 2016. In September 2018, Delmarva Now reported distracted driving crashes had increased in Delaware, nearly doubling between 2013 and 2017. With statistics like these, the risk of being hit by a drugged or distracted driver is too great to take a chance. A crash truck or attenuation setup such as sand-filled barrels helps stop cars from smashing into work crews.
Preventing Injuries in Scams
Another risk is scams. People can stage crashes around work sites and blame the workers, with the intent of getting settlement money from the construction company or city. Thoroughly protecting the work site with crash attenuation helps stop people from claiming the workers or city created dangerous driving conditions that led to the scam-crash. The attenuation will also stop the scammers from hitting anyone near the edge of the work site.
More People and More Drivers
And of course, as the population grows, so does the risk of a problem with traffic. Even if everyone around the site is sober and paying attention, accidents can happen. You would be surprised how helpful a row of water- or sand-filled barrels plus a couple of truck-mounted attenuators can be to stop cars from accidentally heading into the construction site.
If you need to set up more crash attenuation, you can get a crash truck rental to place in key locations. Do not take unnecessary risks with your workers when you're near or in the road.