FREEPORT, NY- Abc7ny.com writes that a construction accident led to the death of a worker on Long Island. The worker was on Guy Lombardo Avenue and Grant Street in Freeport in the morning earlier this week when he was struck by an 18-wheeler truck that another employee on the site was operating.
The victim was climbing under a truck to retrieve a tool that he had dropped under the vehicle. The man was declared dead at the scene of the incident.
The victim’s family wants to know how this accident could have happened and hopes that understanding the cause of the tragedy could prevent future similar events. The incident is being looked into by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The accident is one of many tragic work zone deaths. New York State has made efforts to lower the number of work zone injuries and fatalities that happen in and around road construction.
Drivers are cautioned to slow down to avoid severe penalties, and work zone citations come with hefty fines for a reason. In 2018, 701 work zone crashes took place in New York State, with thirteen reported deaths and 329 injuries. Workers are particularly vulnerable in these situations because they are often outside of vehicles performing their jobs. There is usually no way for these workers to avoid being close to fast-moving traffic while they are performing their duties.
Drivers should always remain alert and focused on the road. In work zones, it is even more important to stay focused on the road ahead because lanes may be narrow, and there might be curves to navigate around or construction equipment and people close by.
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