Close your eyes for a second, and picture your desk, complete with the photos of your loved ones, your computer, phone, and everything else necessary to get your job done. Now, envision that same desk located on the shoulder of a busy interstate with cars, trucks and tractor-trailers flying past at highway speeds. Now imagine yourself sitting at that desk and working every day – knowing in your mind that, without warning, you could suddenly be struck by a careless driver or out-of-control vehicle. Just the thought of it makes you cringe, doesn’t it?
This is the reality for thousands of people who work in construction traffic zones every day. These are some of the most dangerous jobsites that exist and the workers are always one step away from being injured or killed by traffic.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents and traffic fatalities, and the danger only increases when passing through a work zone. Drivers who are distracted by eating, grooming or using a mobile device are more likely to injure or kill themselves or workers on the roads. Shouldn’t we be willing to slow down and pay attention as we drive through their “office?”
The 2016 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11 – 15, aims to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, and specifically driving through work zones. Work zone safety affects everyone, in every industry, so many federal, state and other agencies, as well as Ritz Safety, are encouraging participation in National Work Zone Safety Week.
How can you get involved?
- Join federal, state and other agencies in various activities during the week. Click here for a list of participating agencies!
- Join the American Traffic Safety Services Association and “Go Orange for Work Zone Safety.” Click here for more details.
- Host a toolbox talk during the week to promote responsible driving habits with your employees.
Please join Ritz Safety in promoting work zone safety April 11 – 15. Click here for more information from the US Department of Transportation.