Work Zone Awareness Week
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation incidents and workers being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment made up the highest number of fatal work injuries nationwide in 2015.(1) Workers in construction, utility operations and emergency response are among those particularly at risk for fatal work injuries.(2)
Business owners whose employees are exposed to hazards from highway work zones, visit this link for information and resources on work zones and signs, signals and barricades: https://www.osha.gov/doc/highway_workzones/
To help prevent accidents, motorists should be alert at all times, especially when entering work zones. Here are some guidelines for drivers:
- Read road signs and follow instructions from work-zone flaggers.
- Turn on your headlights so that workers can see you.
- Slow down to posted speed limits and do not tailgate.
- Avoid distractions, e.g., texting or talking on cell phones, eating, applying makeup.
- Do not change lanes in work zones, unless instructed to do so.
- Keep your eye on workers and their equipment.
Visit https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/fhwasa03012/ for more information.
Please be sure to contact your Summit Loss Prevention consultant if you have any questions.
1 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2015, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf
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2 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries—Current and Revised Data, https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm
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