Washington – National Work Zone Awareness Week is scheduled for April 26-30, with a national launch event – hosted by the Michigan Department of Transportation – scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 27.
The theme for this year’s event is âDrive Safe. Safe work. Save lives. âHe recalls that work areasâ need everyone’s attention â, safety begins with workers who are dedicated to safety, and all stakeholders can work together toâ achieve zero fatalities â on roads and in work areas.
April 28 will be âGo Orange Dayâ to remember those who lost their lives in the work areas. To show their support to their families and friends, the organizers encourage everyone to wear orange. Michigan’s OSHA urges employers to use the week “as an opportunity to talk with their employees in all industries about pavement hazards.”
According to the Federal Highway Administration, 842 people were killed in construction zones in 2019, up from 757 the year before. The number of worker deaths in construction zones also rose to 135 in 2019, from 124 in 2018.
NWZAW is an annual event. Since 1999, the FHWA has partnered with the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to promote safe work areas, adding other transportation partners over the years.