According to CBS Baltimore, a 54-year-old State Highway Administration (SHA) subcontractor was killed while clearing trees on the side of Interstate 695 near Liberty Road. Police officials reported that the worker was standing on the right shoulder of the roadway when a pickup truck ran over him. Police are now interviewing witnesses to the accident.
“[W]e don’t know why it happened. It appears that the truck just swerved off for no reason,” stated Sergeant Marc Black of the Maryland State Police. “We want to make sure that everybody knows not to be distracted, to pay attention to the roadway and understand that they’re in control of that vehicle.”
This is not the first time a SHA worker has died on the job. We previously blogged about a 50-year-old worker that died after a car struck him on Interstate 695 while he was repairing a road sign. In June, a 40-year-old worker was killed by a driver while he was placing cones along Route 216 in Howard County. Last January, a vehicle struck and killed two workers in Cecil County while they were working in a clearly marked construction area.
“With yet another person killed while working along a Maryland highway today, we are solemnly reminded that every driver should remain alert and careful to keep workers safe,” stated SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.
Maryland police stated that charges are pending against the driver of the pickup truck.
This unacceptable series of work-related deaths proves that SHA employees are negligently exposed to deadly conditions while on the job. If your family member died in a work-related accident, your family may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation. Workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state, so you should consult with an experienced attorney to determine your options.
Did You Know: Since January 2013, five Maryland State Highway Administration workers have been killed on the job.
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