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Subjects: SVY, PSF, STP

CHARLOTTE, NC, May 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On Thursday, May 23Carolinas AGC joined AGC of America and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for a press conference to release the results of the 2024 AGC of America Workplace Safety Survey, which consists of responses from CAGC members. The survey results highlighted the dangers of highway work zones for motorists and workers in North Carolina, South Carolina and nationwide.

At the unveiling at the North Carolina Department of Transportation facility in Raleigh, North CarolinaNational Spokesperson for the AGC of America Brian Turmail released the results of the survey; North Carolina State Representative Dean Arp announced new details of a legislative measure to improve safety at highway construction sites; Chris Voelkerthe COO of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, explained the steps the state is taking to make highway construction sites safer and offered tips for drivers. SkipVice President of Barnhill Contracting, spoke with great pain about a recent tragedy in which a Barnhill employee was killed in an accident at a highway construction site.

Some of the disturbing facts that emerged from the survey include:

  • 84% of contractors in North Carolina77% in South Carolinaand 64% nationwide reported at least one accident involving a moving vehicle on the highway construction sites where they work in the past year.
  • 56% of North Carolina Contractors and 62% in South Carolina reported having experienced five or more accidents in the past twelve months, compared to only 33% nationwide.
  • 24% of North Carolina Contractors reported that one construction worker was killed in an accident in their work zones (none in South Carolina), while 29% of respondents in North Carolina and 27% of respondents in South Carolina who experienced crashes reported that drivers or passengers were killed.

In addition to the legislative measures in North Carolina von Arp presented the study at the presentation, in South Carolina New legislation pushed by Carolina's AGC will modernize the state's driver's education for all newly licensed drivers. This legislation, signed into law by Gov. Henry McMastermight South Carolina as only the third state in the country to require training on construction sites as part of the training of all novice drivers before obtaining a driver's license.

“We are pleased to be working with Rep. Gary Brewer and Sen. Ross Turnerour main sponsors to pass this law,” Leslie ClarkCOO of Carolinas AGC and SC Divisions Director, said, “There is nothing more important than our members returning home safely to their families after working tirelessly to maintain, improve and build our state's roads and bridges. We hope that after this training, all newly licensed drivers understand the importance of safely navigating a construction zone when operating a vehicle.”

Survey results:

Results of the national survey

Southern Region

North Carolina

South Carolina

Video: Safety awareness in motorway construction sites

For further information please contact the CAGC Security Director Jacob Garmon.

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