Work Zone Awareness
March 15, 2018
As it continues to warm up, road construction crews will be heading back to work. Soon, work zone season will be in full swing. National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is April 9th-13th. Let’s use this time as an opportunity to discuss how to keep everyone safe on the road while needed road repairs take place, and travel increases. Work Zone Safety is Everybody’s Responsibility.
Tips for the Public
- In 2015, a work zone crash took place every 5.4 minutes.
- First and foremost, slow down! Speeding greatly increases your chances of being in a collision, especially in a work zone. Not to mention, fines are typically double for speeding in work zones.
- If a lane is closed, or you are instructed to merge for ANY reason. Merge as soon as possible. Waiting to merge congests traffic and makes work zones more dangerous for everyone.
- Be patient. Road workers’ jobs are to improve your community and driving conditions – let them complete their work, safely.
- Stay alert. Follow traffic signs and flagger directions. Be prepared. Construction equipment often enters and exits construction zones abruptly. Stay back, don’t tailgate, and give them room to get through. Expect delays and plan accordingly.
- Don’t drive distracted! There were 765 work zone fatalities in 2016. Put down your phones, Stop to Talk. Stop to Text. Stay alert and save lives.
Tips for the Construction Industry to stay safe
- Be prepared. This is the most important aspect of keeping workers and the general public safe. A transportation management plan should be clearly communicated to drivers and laborers to keep the flow of traffic moving smoothly and safely. Trucks and equipment should have a planned route to avoid any dangerous surprises.
- It’s also important to communicate to the public in advance. Allow them time to be aware and slow down, and to be prepared for any sudden stops from equipment entering or leaving the construction site. Use appropriate signage and traffic control devices.
- Wear the proper PPE! Stress the importance of wearing the Proper Protective Equipment (PPE) every single time a worker steps foot on a construction site.
- Use spotters. Park facing traffic and avoid backing without out a spotter.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment. Access any potential hazards and take precautions to avoid dangerous situations before they occur.
- Follow all OSHA guidelines.
- Keep safety a priority by conducting regular safety meetings to keep safety fresh on each worker’s mind. Communicate any changes in setting. A work zone can change from day to day and it’s important that every team member is prepared for the day ahead. Thoroughly communicate the project safety plan and any potential hazards that arise.
Our company keeps safety at the forefront of all endeavors by making safety a top priority in the workplace. We encourage our employees to help create a safe workplace with their everyday actions – but every person must do their part, including the members of the community who drive through our construction sites.
April 11th is Go Orange Day. You can show your support for work zone safety awareness by wearing orange!