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Workers’ Compensation & Your Work Zone

Work zones can be dangerous for traffic control flaggers. While flaggers move traffic, they are exposed to distracted drivers, machinery within the work zone, and harsh weather conditions. Common flagger injuries result from moving vehicles, falls, and overexertion. 

What happens if you are injured on the job? In this blog, we’ll discuss the types of workers’ compensation benefits and how to prevent injury within the work zone. 

What Is Workers’ Compensation? 

Workers’ compensation provides you with coverage if you are injured on the job. Depending on your injury, compensation could include paying for your medical care and lost wages. You may receive workers’ compensation through your employer’s insurance or your state’s workers’ compensation program

Every state (except Texas) requires private employers to have workers’ compensation insurance. Some states require workers’ compensation insurance at three or more employees; others require it at five or more employees. Federal employees receive workers’ compensation through the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA)

Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits 

If you are injured at work, you should seek medical attention even if the injury seems minor. You need to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Your employer will have you fill out a claim form. The sooner you complete the claim form and return it to your employer, the sooner you can receive benefits. You should keep copies of this form for your own records. 

At the time of injury, you will be eligible for medical care while your claim is reviewed. If your claim is accepted, you will be notified of your benefits. You may receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Medical care. If you are injured on the job, your medical bills, prescriptions, and care may be covered. 
  • Temporary disability. While you recover from your injury, you may be able to receive compensation for lost wages. 
  • Permanent disability. You may qualify for permanent disability if you can’t return to work due to a work-related injury. 
  • Supplemental job displacement. This benefit pays you to receive training for a new job if your injury prevents you from returning to your previous line of work.
  • Death. In the case of death from a work-related injury, your dependents would receive benefits. 

Highway Work Zone Safety 

Work Zone Safety

You can reduce the risk of injury in your work zone by ensuring that employees understand safety protocols. There are many ways to increase safety, including fully training employees. You’ll want to make sure employees are comfortable using the project’s equipment. Employees who are comfortable using equipment have a smaller chance of injuring themselves or others. 

Flagger Safety

At any temporary traffic control zone, you should have advanced warning signs in place, so drivers know to watch for flaggers and other highway workers. Traffic control flaggers should wear clothing that is bright and visible to approaching drivers. You can increase flagger safety by utilizing traffic barriers and new technology, like automated flagger assistance devices (AFADs)

Human flaggers operate AFADs remotely, so they can stay out of the direct line of traffic. With AFADs, flaggers can reduce their risk of injury on the job. Are you ready to try AFADs in your work zone?

At IntelliStrobe, our portable, single trailer AFADs are changing work zones across the country. Contact us today to learn how AFADs can improve highway work zone safety in your area. 

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