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: Marcia Dakin
Company: Walls Brothers Construction
Years Working in Construction: 17 years
How did you begin your career in construction?
I love being outside. I don’t mind doing physical labor having grown up on a farm. Construction was intriguing to me because you are always doing something different. I tried to get hired on at Walls right after high school and was not successful. My parents wanted me to go to college so I did that but I always knew I wanted to go into construction and at 34, I finally got hired.
How do you contribute to the overarching safety of your company’s workforce?
I make sure everyone is always in PPE. As a flagger, I must always make sure cars are going the right way. I oversee the crew and try to catch anything they may have missed.
What does your company do to ensure safety on the job?
We do walk arounds every morning checking each piece of equipment. We set up work zones and signs strictly to Ohio standards. We ALWAYS have on all of our PPE. Everyone is constantly aware of surroundings.
What is one thing you wish the general public knew about safety in construction?
I wish everyone could have a heads up on which roads are being worked on that way they could be prepared for work zones. It is important that people read signs and stay off of phones. Most importantly, I wish that the public would be patient with workers and not get so easily frustrated.
How can the public help keep construction workers and work zones safe?
Pay attention! Don’t speed. Watch for trucks entering and exiting work zones. Watch for people getting off of equipment. Stay out of work zone areas unless in designated areas.