There is no question that working on the side of a highway or even doing roadwork in downtown Boston can be extremely hazardous. This is the reason there are so many safety campaigns that urge drivers to slow down in work zones and be careful to assure that nobody is injured or killed. It is also the reason speeding fines are often doubled in work zones and additional penalties are added. Most of us have probably noticed the signs warning drivers to slow down because “my mommy works here” or something similar.
It is dangerous whether you are working as a heavy equipment operator or some other job, such as being a flagger. In fact, standing in the middle of the street or road flagging traffic and telling drivers to stop or drive slow is probably one of the most dangerous jobs you can have. This is true in Boston and just about anywhere else in the country. Continue reading