Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

By Wendy Ladd

Work Zone Awareness Week starts today and goes through Friday, April 7. This is an annual national campaign that kicks off  construction season to raise awareness and encourage safe driving through work zones. This year’s theme Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands, Drive Toward Zero Crashes reinforces the message that drivers need to act responsibly and be alert when driving in and around work zones.

In FY 2017, we worked hard to improve overall safety for our employees and the general public, and we saw a decrease in work zone incidents. Below are some of the things we’ve done relating to Work Zone Traffic Control / Work Zone Protection.

  • We established a cross-functional team to design and develop an in depth comprehensive “Work Zone Traffic Control Training” program.
  • We added the new program to Annual Expert Training for all Field Operations employees.
  • We created a comprehensive Work Zone Traffic Control Manual.
  • We increased our overall inventory of Work Zone Traffic Control Devices.

Go Orange for Work Zone Safety! – April 5

Employees can join ATSSA (American Traffic Safety Services Association) in raising awareness by wearing orange on Wednesday, April 5, to show your support of work zone safety.

  • Share a photo with ATSSA on social media of you or your team wearing orange and include these hashtags: #OrangeforSafety #NWZAW
  • Get more info on Go Orange Day

Here are some tips for the public to increase their awareness while driving through work zones:

  • Stay alert and minimize distractions
  • Pay attention to the road
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Obey the posted speed limit
  • Follow instructions from flaggers
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Be patient

For more information on what drivers should know visit FHWAs National Work Zone Awareness Week.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is sponsored by the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

One Comment

Joseph Borst

I can’t believe that Henry K (If that is him in the picture) is still out there. I was at breakfast one day and i noticed a decal on the side of an Asplundh truck .It was a description of the placement of cones and of signs. It also gave the buffer lengths and merging and taper lengths for cones. I found it easy to read and understand. I took a picture of it but i am not able to post it here. I think this would give workers a quick reference guide on the job site without having to dig for a book. Keep up the good work and be safe.
Joey Borst


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