National Work Zone Awareness Week Starts Monday

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April 22, 2021

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Starts Monday

KINGMAN, Ariz. – National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), in its 21st year, is a national public awareness campaign that spreads the message that we are all responsible for work zone safety. This year’s NWZAW is April 26-30 with the theme of “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.” Kingman Mayor Jen Miles said, “I will be signing a proclamation Monday in honor of National Work Zone Awareness Week in order to remind everyone of the importance of paying attention as they approach and drive through work zones so that both motorists and roadway workers remain safe.”

Statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse show there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 842 deaths in 2019. In addition, 135 roadway workers were killed in work zones in 2019. The vast majority of people killed were motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Those statistics demonstrate the importance of work zone safety and participating in NWZAW to spread the message that everyone plays a role in work zone safety. It is critical for motorists to safely navigate through work zones, so they and roadway workers make it safely home to their families each day.

This year’s Work Zone Safety Training Day takes place Monday, April 26. The national stand down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard recognition and fall prevention, and talks about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

As part of NWZAW, all are also encouraged to participate in “Go Orange Day” on Wednesday, April 28, a day when individuals are encouraged to wear orange as a visual reminder to others of work zones. They are also encouraged to post photos of their “Go Orange Day” activities to further spread  awareness of work zone safety. While fun, participation in “Go Orange Day” and NWZAW goes a long way in getting much needed attention on work zone safety. State departments of transportation, federal agencies and other organizations will be participating in NWZAW and “Go Orange Day,” putting out public service announcements about work zone safety and hosting events to highlight the issue. For additional information on the history of NWZAW, visit NWZAW.org/learn. Participate in NWZAW and “Go Orange Day” – Wednesday, April 28 – by spreading the message of work zone safety with your friends, family and community and by liking, commenting and sharing on social media using the hashtags #NWZAW and #GoOrange4Safety. To learn more about NWZAW, visit NWZAW.org.

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