As the weather warms, construction work sites along with roadway traffic ramp up. This combination, along with both rainy conditions and distracting sunshine that come with the spring season, makes National Work Zone Awareness Week an important annual event for the construction industry. While many are ready to rush into spring with fuller schedules, this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week’s theme reminds everyone that “work zones are a sign to slow down.”
Since its founding, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) kicks off the construction season every year. Its mission is twofold:
- NWZAW invites all drivers to use extra caution when maneuvering around work zones to keep our workers safe.
- It empowers the industry to create safer job sites with quality training and uniform safety protocols.
No matter if you are an active member of the construction industry or are a casual driver passing by, you can join in on this year’s events.
Monday, April 11, 2022 – Work Zone Safety Training Day
Organizations nationwide are encouraged to kick off this awareness week with safety education. Whether you set up demonstrations or implement new strategies, get the safety conversation started. Click here for resources that will help you improve your company’s current safety strategy.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – Go Orange Day
Whip out your favorite orange gear to show that you are committed to work zone safety. Don’t forget to tell everyone why you’re donning this vibrant color all day, both in person and on your social media. Tag @ATSSAHQ on Twitter or @ATSSATraffic on Facebook in your post with #Orange4Safety to get the word out.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – Flagging Safety Awareness Session
We are excited to announce the nationally recognized, locally organized event in Liberty Township at Butler Tech. The event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST, will be a platform to share important information about “work zone safety and proper flagging procedures” to a large group of people associated with roadway work activities in the hopes of reducing the risk of work zone crashes and improving overall safety. Contact Raymond Brushart at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 387-0523 for more information.
Thursday, April 14, 2022 – Social Media Storm
Join people nationwide by posting on social media between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST. Don’t forget to use hashtags #NWZAW and #WorkZoneSafety. Not sure what to post? The NWZAW website has a few sample posts for you:
- If we slow down, we can save lives. Together we can achieve zero deaths on our roads and in our work zones! #NWZAW #WorkZoneSafety
- Work zones are a sign to slow down. #NWZAW #WorkZoneSafety
- You can be a part of the work zone safety solution – Slow down. #NWZAW #WorkZoneSafety
Friday, April 15, 2022 – Moment of Silence
Gather your crew to dedicate a minute out of your day to remember those that have lost their lives to a work zone accident.
Thank you for joining us in honoring work zone safety this week and all year long.