Last October, Brandon Fiscus was at work for E&B Paving, patching the surface of I-65 in Hobart, Ind., when an SUV struck and killed him. State officials are still investigating what happened, but one aspect of the tragedy is clear: The only protection that separated Fiscus from the speeding cars was orange drums and signs that warned motorists to be careful. It wasn’t enough.
When it comes to ensuring safety in a roadway construction zone, the most critical factor is to separate the workers and the motorists. Sadly, two people are killed and more than 100 are injured, on average, in U.S. work zones every day. Most of them are motorists and passengers, but workers are a significant portion.