Construction workers have an important role in society. They provide safe buildings, bridges, and roadways. Sadly, construction laborers ranked 12 on Time Magazine's top 25 most dangerous jobs in 2014. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, establishes a set of laws and regulations every year to protect the lives of workers, but work accidents seem inevitable.
Bright, reflective warning signs occupy many roads in America, warning drivers to be aware of active construction. What seems like an inconvenience behind the wheel is a safety measure for workers.
The latest in road work safety includes an autonomous truck-mounted attenuator. Designed by Royal Truck & Equipment of Pennsylvania, and Micro Systems Inc. of Florida, the new automated truck removes the need for a driver. Attached to the back of a truck, the aluminum attenuator is designed in the shape of balloon and filled with air or sand. The cushion-like apparatus is meant to absorb or redirect the impact of a fast moving car in the event of a truck accident. Micro Systems Inc. has previous experience providing the military with similar unmanned vehicles.
Legislation for Autonomous Vehicles is Still in the Works
Before we see these trucks on the road, Royal Truck & Equipment and Florida Department of Transportation will take part in a yearlong test phase. Florida is one of a few states that permits autonomous vehicles on public roads. Currently, there exists no legislation related to the operation of autonomous trucks on New Jersey highways. According to Royal and Micro Systems Inc., the intent of this program is to collect data regarding the effectiveness of these trucks in "closed work zones" to ensure safe development, testing and operation.
Millville Workers' Compensation Attorneys suggest this truck may be the future of saving lives in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 49 workers lost their lives from moving vehicles during construction in 2014. Once the automated truck is cleared for use on roadways, workers should notice a drastic decrease in work zone fatalities nationwide.
Millville Workers' Compensation Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Represent Victims of Workplace Injuries
A work injury can be an upsetting experience for a worker and their family. Millville Workers' Compensation lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC want to help. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, we will proudly defend and settle your injury. Located in Cumberland County, we serve clients throughout South Jerseywith legal matters related to personal injury and Workers' Compensation claims. If you suffered a workplace injury, contact us online or call us at 609-476-4044 x 203.