Pavement-edge drop-offs, roadblocks with no signs ... who's responsible for keeping work zones safe for the driving public as well as roadbuilding employees? Should it be the contractor? The DOT? Who's should be held responsible when a deadly accident occurs in your work zone?
"There are viturally no laws or regulations mandating safety measures in work zones," writes Mike McIntire in his article "Efforts Lag at Making Highway Work Zones Safer" which ran in today's New York Times. "As a result, there are few penalties levied against contractors when, because of ignorance, carlelessness or a desire to save money, guidelines are violated. Problem contractors often just keep on getting hired, and dangerous practices remain uncorrected, sometimes for years."
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