Articles Posted in Construction Accidents and Injuries

construction.jpgA tragic work related accident has left a young Brandon construction worker dead. Robert Armstrong Jr., 19-years-old was removing a message board for Pepper Contracting Services when the driver of a pickup truck lost control and veered onto the shoulder. According to Sergeant Janice Drake of the Florida Highway Patrol, the sign he was picking up was a radar device that tells you how fast a person is traveling through a construction zone. The driver of the pickup truck was Logan Feagle, 21, from Land O’ Lakes, Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the deadly accident. Armstrong is survived by his four–month-old daughter, fiancée and other family members. Angela Coleman, Armstrong’s future mother –in-law, sends a message to all motorists that drive through construction zones with workers present: “Please slow down. Please pay attention.”

According to Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) most recent statistics, 97 people were killed and 6,305 people were injured in Florida work zone crashes in 2009. Drivers and their passengers account for a majority of construction zone crashes, according to FDOT statistics. FDOT urges all motorists to drive safely in construction zones by following these safety tips:

• Always be alert: Anything can happen when entering a work zone.

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In Florida, the state is covered with hotels and motels. Florida is a vacation spot / destination for many visitors seeking to enjoy the Florida weather, attractions, and theme parks like Walt Disney World, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios. Florida law requires railings on balconies at hotels / motels. Pursuant to Section 509.211, Florida Statutes – Safety Regulations, a public lodging establishment (i.e. hotel or motel) is required to have safe and secure railings on all stairways, platforms, and balconies when the public lodging is three or more stories in height. Furthermore, all such railings shall be properly maintained and kept in good repair.