The sighting reminds the public to exercise caution
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – The Yuma County Public Works Department observes National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) from April 26-30, with a unique take on this year’s theme “Drive Safe.” Safe work. Save lives.”
The week begins with a launch event at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27, during an MDOT project on M-59 in Macomb County. The event will be broadcast live and is hosted by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
On each day of the weeklong sighting, children of those whose jobs are directly inside county work areas will send messages to the public about their parents’ safety.
“We wanted a way to get the message out and make it stick,” says Joshua Scott, director of public works. “We all walk through construction zones and we probably don’t even see or even consider those working in the zones. Seeing children express their concerns about their parents adds a more human touch to the recognition of the need for safety in the work area.
Statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse show that there were 762 fatal accidents in work areas resulting in 842 fatalities in 2019. In addition, 135 road workers were killed in work areas.
The vast majority of those killed in the work areas were motorists, passengers and pedestrians. These statistics demonstrate the importance of safety in work areas and the need to spread the message that everyone has a role to play in getting road workers home safely.
“We traditionally have very few problems in our work areas and we are happy that we did not have an accident or serious injury,” adds Scott. “But it’s important to send out the reminder and maybe educate the few who don’t necessarily follow the warnings on the signs.”
In addition, there were a total of 123,000 accidents in work areas in 2018. 31,000 were accidents involving injuries that resulted in 45,000 injuries, which emphasizes the need to observe speeds. work area and eliminate distractions when approaching and driving in work areas.
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