Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

By Lois Bentivegna

Don't be that Driver! graphicApril 11 – 15 is Work Zone Awareness Week.  This national campaign begins each year at the start of construction season to raise awareness and encourage safe driving through work zones. This year’s theme “Don’t Be That Driver!” reinforces the message that drivers need to be alert and prepared when driving in and around work zones.n FY 2016 National Grid had 23 work zone incidents. Seven of the incidents occurred in the first three months of the year alone. Most of the incidents involved a member of the public crashing through our work zones.

What has National Grid done?

To improve overall safety for our employees and the general public, here are some of the things we’ve done relating to Work Zone Traffic Control / Work Zone Protection.

  • Developed an in-depth comprehensive Work Zone Traffic Control Training program designed to increase the technical competency of our Field Operations employees in the proper set-up of Work Zone Protection. This training is administered annually.
  • Developed a comprehensive Work Zone Traffic Control Manual and increased our inventory of traffic control devices which can be ordered through the updated Work Zone Traffic Control Catalog.
  • Worked with government agencies, local municipalities, community and the media to increase public awareness.

Go Orange for Work Zone Safety! – April 13

National Grid employees can join ATSSA in raising awareness by wearing orange on Wednesday, April 13, 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

For national statistics, information about distracted driving and other helpful resources click here.

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) .

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