Colorado Work Zone Fatalities Skyrocket in 2017


A recent report says work zone fatalities in Colorado have skyrocketed.

The Gazette reports a study by the Colorado Department of Transportation says the 2017 death toll in work zones was 15, compared with seven in 2016 and 2015 and eight in 2014.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHA), daily changes in traffic patterns, narrowed rights-of-way, and other construction activities often create a combination of factors resulting in crashes, injuries and fatalities. The FHA reports the leading cause of death in the road and bridge construction sector are run overs, back overs and falls.

No Colorado Department of Transportation worker was killed in a work zone in 2017. The department already has had an employee, maintenance operator Nolan Olson, die in a work zone this year.

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