How safe is YOUR work zone?

Construction worker having to cross the highway between vehicles slowing down for him.

I guess it depends on your interpretation but we each have a work zone, don’t we?  Okay, for those who don’t work outside the home how about our safety or comfort zone?  Think about it for a minute. 

We all want our “zones” to be free from threats, abuse, danger and even discomfort.  We need to strive toward ensuring personal safe zones for sure, but let’s expand it also for driving as well.   

It’s really not much difference between the small zone and the large work zone where so many workers around the highways have to work.  Give it some thought again.  Construction, maintenance and emergency response along our roadways create work zones for those who make a living around them. 

Highway repair workers work close to Interstate traffic.

If we realized a family member works just a couple of feet from people driving at high speeds, and sometimes while being distracted, would we be more conscious about slowing down and being observant?  I think so.  They deserve to work in a safe environment too, and come home safely to their loved ones. 

This week is the National Work Zone Awareness Week 2019 in the U.S. 

I’m not sure how work zone safety is emphasized in other countries, and I would like to know, but let’s be more mindful as we see these orange zones, barrels and flags while driving the highways.  They are not placed there for decoration.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), in its 19th year, is a national public awareness campaign that spreads the message that we are all responsible for work zone safety. This year’s NWZAW is April 8-12, 2019, and this year’s theme is “Drive Like You Work Here”. (Florida Department of Transportation and National Highway Safety Administration)

Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show (from 2016 to 2017) a two percent increase in total work zone fatalities and increase from 668 to 710 total work zone crashes. Those startling statistics further demonstrate the importance of spreading awareness of work zone safety and participating in NWZAW to spread the message that we all play a role in getting roadway workers home safely.

Additionally, there were a total of 158,000 work zone crashes total in 2016—of which 42,000 were injury-involved crashes that resulted in 61,000 injuries – which underscores the need for further awareness of how to behave and drive safely in work zones.

U.S. National Highway Safety Administration

This awareness campaign is only a week but let’s allow it to carry over throughout the year. 

To learn more about NWZAW, visit http://www.nwzaw.org.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron