National Work Zone Awareness Week 2021

First published by Safety+Health an NSC publication.

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Washington — National Work Zone Awareness Week is set for April 26-30, with a national kickoff event – hosted by the Michigan Department of Transportation – planned for 11 a.m. Eastern on April 27.

The theme for this year’s event is “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.” It serves as a reminder that work zones “need everyone’s undivided attention,” safety begins with workers who are dedicated to safety, and all stakeholders can work together to “achieve zero deaths” on the roads and in work zones.

April 28 will be “Go Orange Day” to remember those who’ve lost their lives in work zones. To show support for their families and friends, organizers encourage everyone to wear orange. Michigan OSHA implores employers to use the week “as an opportunity to speak with their employees in all industry sectors about the hazards in the roadway.”

According to the Federal Highway Administration, 842 people were killed in work zones in 2019 – up from 757 the previous year. Worker fatalities in construction zones also increased to 135 in 2019 from 124 in 2018.

NWZAW is an annual event. Since 1999, FHWA has partnered with the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to promote work zone safety, adding other transportation partners through the years.


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National Work Zone Awareness Week

OSHA Education Center at Arizona State University     
Safety Spotlight – National Work Zone Awareness

Struck-by incidents are a leading cause of death among construction workers, and since

1992 the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the construction industry. Through an effort

coordinated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National

Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector Council, CPWR – The Center

for Construction Research and Training is hosting the first National Stand-Down to

Prevent Struck-by Incidents during National Work Zone Awareness Week

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National Work Zone Awareness Week

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National Work Zone Awareness Week 2020National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) 2020 is scheduled for April 20-24.  This year’s theme is Safe Work Zones for All: Protect workers. Protect road users. It features a poster reminiscent of the World War II poster with Rosie the Riveter. In her place are a male and female roadway worker proclaiming, “We Can Do It!”, which is the original language used in the WWII poster. Michigan chose that image as a reflection of its industrial heritage. Original “Rosies” worked as riveters in an aircraft factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan that built B24 bombers, which is now the site of the American Center for Mobility (ACM). Michigan officials have canceled the April 21 kickoff event in accord with CDC guidelines regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Individual NWZAW events in your area may need to be curtailed, postponed, or canceled due to public health precautions. However, NWZAW will continue as scheduled on April 20-24. We strongly encourage all participants to take part in NWZAW this year through social media to remind the public to drive safely in and around work zones.

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