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