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It's almost summer, which means much of Pittsburgh is spending as much time as possible outdoors. Jogging, bicycling, cookouts with family and friends, canoeing, backpacking, fishing and more are available to be enjoyed with the sun hot and days long.

Of course, the warmer weather means it's also prime time for Pennsylvania road crews to get out on the roads, highways, streets and interstates to repave and fill the potholes from last winter. As anyone who drives by road work crews knows, the men and women out there are doing tough work that carries with it dangers of severe on-the-job injuries.

Not only are they often surrounded by heavy equipment that can in an absent-minded moment crush a worker's limbs, but they're also surrounded by cars driven by people eager to hurry up rather than slow down for the construction work zone. Far too often, drivers exceed posted speed limits, risking not only substantial fines, but the health and lives of those construction workers.

That's why Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering adoption of a program pioneered by Maryland, in which motorists speeding through road construction zones will be caught on camera and mailed citations and accompanying fines. In Maryland, the program reduced speeding in the zones from 7 percent of drivers to just 1 percent, a newspaper report stated.

If the proposal here is made into law, fines would be $100 and cameras would be placed on limited-access highways in active construction areas.

The bill would also include emergency workers and police officers in its definition of "highway workers," so that they, too, could reap potential safety benefits.

While a highway construction site might not be the first thing you think of as workplaces where on-the-job injuries occur, they are sites where some of the worst injuries can take place. That's why it's so vital for those who are injured on the job and then denied workers' compensation benefits to get an experienced attorney to represent them in hearings and appeals.

With so much at stake, an injured worker doesn't want to be on their own when dealing with those crucial matters.

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