Highway Worker Struck and Killed in Howard County

By Peter DePaolis

On June 11, a worker from Baltimore was struck and killed on a highway in Howard County.

According to Howard police, a 40-year-old worker, contracted by the State Highway Administration, was placing cones in a westbound lane of Route 216 at Route 29, attempting to close it, when he was struck by a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu.

The worker, an employee of Road Safety Traffic Control Co. LLC, was wearing a reflective shirt at the time of the collision. The driver of the Chevrolet, a 17-year-old male, remained at the scene after the accident. Westbound Route 216 was closed for about two hours following the incident.

The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. The Howard County Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section is investigating the collision. No charges have been filed.

Injured in a Construction Accident?

The wrongful death of this worker shows how a construction site is one of the most dangerous working environments an individual can be in. Between using dangerous commercial equipment and the potential hazards of falling in a scaffold or ladder accident, construction workers must be safe at all times and must be aware of what to do if an emergency situation does arise.

If you have been injured while working on a construction site, contact us today at (202) 659-5500, or visit our website to fill out our online form.

Koonz’s Safety Tip: When working on a construction site, keep firefighting and first aid equipment within 100 feet of the work area.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & Depaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.