The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently announced that construction season -- otherwise known as Ohio's "fifth season" -- is officially underway.
Highways are not known to be the safest place to drive, especially not during previous years in the area near the intersection of northbound Interstate 75 and the Ohio 4 interchange. Some had dubbed the area "Malfunction Junction" because of the many accidents that occurred there. But construction workers were working on the area to make it safer for drivers until last year, when the project was completed.
Unfortunately, many construction workers are injured and killed in Ohio and across the country each year. Some advocate groups have asked drivers to pay more attention when they are passing through a construction zone, hoping to lower the risk of construction accidents occurring for workers who spend their time repairing and rebuilding roads.
There is an old saying in Ohio that we have two seasons: winter and construction. Now that Columbus and the rest of Ohio is seeing warmer weather, construction season is in full swing and the amount of orange barrels and construction workers on Ohio roads is on the rise.
It is a well-known fact that construction is one of the most dangerous occupations. Construction workers who work on Ohio's roads and highways may face even more injuries than those who work on buildings.