By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
National Work Zone Awareness Week—April 11-15—will spotlight the unique hazards that exist for workers and motorists in roadway construction zones. The annual program calls attention to the nearly 600 people, including 120 workers, who are killed every year in accidents at these sites. An additional 30,000 people are injured in work zones.
As a member of the NWZAW Executive Committee, ARTBA works with transportation agencies and associations to promote work zone safety with special emphasis in April—the traditional start of the busy highway construction season. This year, the Ohio Department of Transportation is scheduled to host an April 12 news conference at a major I-75 widening project near Toledo, to focus on the problem.
The 2016 theme: “Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day.” The campaign’s Twitter hashtag: #NWZAW2016.
ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation’s National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (www.workzonesafety.org) is also available as a valuable resource for industry professionals, news media and the general public. Users will find information on: accident and crash data, flagging, emerging technologies and equipment, best practices, key safety experts, laws and regulations, safety standards, research publications, training videos and programs, and successful public education campaigns. Materials are also available in six languages—Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, and Arabic.
For more information about the Clearinghouse operations, contact ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety Brad Sant, or ARTBA Vice President of Safety & Environmental Compliance Una Connolly at 202.289.4434.