National Work Zone Awareness Week is dedicated to the safety of our workers, roadways, and drivers. As part of our commitment to safety, I Build America – Ohio is giving safety managers the spotlight to share why safety is so important to our crews and our communities — and how the public can do its part. Check out the profile below for a first-hand look at why safety is important today and every day!
Name: Christinia Bedford
Company: Paul H.Rohe Asphalt
Title/Position: Construction Laborer/Flagger
Years Working in Construction: 13 years
How did you begin your career in construction?
I saw a person flagging on a jobsite and thought it looked like it would be a fun and interesting job so I filled out applications at several different places and was hired.
How do you contribute to the overarching safety of your company’s workforce?
I protect my team – PERIOD. I am the first defense before you get to my team and equipment.
What does your company do to ensure safety on the job?
We do safety tests every month and we keep our heads on a swivel. The company tells you to do the best that you can because you just never know what can happen. We are covered in head to toe PPE.
What is one thing you wish the general public knew about safety in construction?
I wish that everyone with a license would have to travel through a work zone and have a test before getting a license. For people who get a ticket, it would be good if they had to come work in a work zone to understand what it is like.
How can the public help keep construction workers and work zones safe?
If someone thinks that drivers are impaired, please call the authorities. You could save someone’s life!