Virtual “Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents” Set for April 20
Each spring National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) provides a unique opportunity to spread the word about safe driving through highway work zones. Set for April 20 – 24, this year’s theme is Safe Work Zones for All.
Attached are two documents you may find useful in promoting work zone safety. In addition, a wealth of resources you can use to help promote work zone safety can be found online at http://www.nwzaw.org/. From here you can download this year’s poster and jump to other resources such as the National Work Zone Safety Informational Clearinghouse.
This year’s official kick-off, set for April 21 in Michigan, has been cancelled. Instead states and localities are encouraged to use social media to take part in NWZAW. One opportunity is the first national “Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents,” which will be held virtually at 2:00 p.m. EST on April 20. We invite you to register for this virtual Stand-Down to ask questions and hear from experts on how to work safely in work zones and prevent struck-by incidents all year long. Click here to register for the webinar and share your questions.
In addition, resources have been developed to help companies conduct their own virtual Stand-Down activities, including an online resource with information, training materials and research from trusted sources that can be used April 20 and in the weeks and months ahead to raise awareness of struck-by hazards and ways to prevent them.
Fun Fact! The first known Work Zone Awareness Week occurred April 7-11, 1997, in VDOT’s Bristol District. The district’s employee involvement team thought it would be a good idea to spend a week focusing on work zone safety to raise employees’ awareness before they went to work on the roads for the year. A tip of the hard hat to VDOT!