Construction workers must wear reflective safety clothing when on road and highway projects, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration announcement.
The agency, in a statement citing a nationwide count of 425 roadwork zone fatalities between 2003 and 2007, said the vests are vital to preventing workers from injury and death.
The ruling announced Tuesday replaces an earlier rule interpretation that road builders did not always need to wear the reflective clothes. Before the announcement Tuesday, the gear was only required when mandated by the Federal Highway Administration’s manual on uniform traffic control devices.
The manual requires the vests when workers are “exposed to the risks of moving roadway traffic or to construction equipment.”