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Maryland Highway worker hit and killed on the beltway

It doesn't matter what the work involves, road construction work is extremely dangerous. All too often the news reports on a road construction worker being injured or killed by a motorist, often because the motorist was distracted at the wheel or driving too fast. Due to the increased danger, it is incredibly important to provide adequate protection for construction workers on roadside job sites.

In a recent tragedy on the Beltway in central Maryland a routine day turned deadly when a car suddenly veered off the road and drove into two state highway workers. The two state highway workers were repairing a sign when a Volvo suddenly left the road. One man was killed at the scene and the other was taken to Shock Trauma with injuries.

The man who died was a 50-year-old veteran employee with the State Highway Administration that had a total of 25 years of service. Unfortunately, work accidents like this happen too often in Maryland so the state passed legislation putting speed cameras in work zones to keep workers safe.

While road construction workers are covered for all work related injuries through workers' compensation, there are often times when employers and claims analysts misjudge the severity of the injured worker's injuries. All too often medical bills accumulate and if the worker is not able to work because of the injury or if the worker has died, the challenges to the worker's families mount. Workers' compensation is able to help injured workers and their families get back on their feet following a work accident by providing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs.

Source: CBS Baltimore, "State highway worker hit and killed on I-695 near Belair Road," November 14, 2013

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