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Two Maryland highway workers killed on US 40

One of most dangerous jobs in America is working in highway construction. Workers are not only exposed to heavy equipment and dangerous chemicals but workers may also face inattentive drivers on the road. Work injuries can be devastating to construction workers and their families. Each year across America nearly 700 people die and more than 40,000 are injured in road-construction related accidents. In Maryland, between 2008 and 2011, 25 people have been killed in work-zone -- the majority of those fatalities were the drivers of vehicles.

This week two Maryland highway workers were killed this week after being struck by a motorist on Pulaski Highway in the area of Belvidere Road. The work injury happened during the morning commute. Hundreds of drivers were on their usual commute to work. The two victims were men in their early forties from Washington, D.C.

A police investigation indicated that the workers had just begun setting out barrels for a construction project in the median when a driver of a 2006 Ford Focus, headed west on Pulaski Highway, hit the two workers in the left lane. The men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Worker's compensation insurance provides benefits to survivors of workers who are killed on the job. Family members may bring worker's compensation claims on behalf of family members killed on the job. Benefits often include wage replacement -- 2/3rds of the worker's average wage, subject to a fixed maximum amount that the benefits will not go over. Such benefits are not taxed. However, if family members collects worker's compensation benefits they cannot sue the employer and will not recover any benefits for pain and suffering.

Source: Delaware Online "Highway workers killed on US 40 in Md. are identified," Terri Sanginiti and Adam Taylor, Jan. 10, 2013

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