Construction work always involves risk to the safety and health of people in that profession. However, the summer months bring additional dangers -- particularly to those who work outside.
The end of the school year is around the corner, and if you are one the thousands of Illinois teenagers who will take on your first summer job soon, you could probably benefit from learning about potential safety hazards and how to mitigate them. Employers are responsible for the safety and health of all workers by providing safe work environments that are free of known hazards. When it comes to workers who are inexperienced and new to the workplace, additional rules apply.
As we've discussed here before, construction workers whose jobs put them on Illinois' roads have among the most dangerous lines of work around. Aside from the risks that all construction workers face, they're also at the mercy of drivers who may be under the influence, distracted or simply frustrated that the road work is interfering with their ability to get where they're going on time.