WKW Celebrates Work Zone Awareness Week

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April 3, 2017 | Workplace Accidents |

WKW Celebrates Work Zone Awareness Week

You may be familiar with the old joke: “There are two seasons throughout the year in Indiana: winter and construction.” It’s the time of year when the orange cones, barrels, and signs begin to appear on Indiana’s roadways. As inconvenient as it may be for drivers, it is important to remember that construction workers are hard at work repairing the roads and risking their lives to make them safer to travel. Construction jobs aren’t easy or particularly safe. While workers and construction companies take great care to reduce risks, driving conditions vary and anything can happen on the road.

As inconvenient as it may be for drivers, it is important to remember that construction workers are hard at work repairing the roads and risking their lives to make them safer to travel. Construction jobs aren’t easy or particularly safe. While workers and construction companies take great care to reduce risks, driving conditions vary and anything can happen on the road.

Considering it is Work Zone Awareness Week, the personal Indiana injury attorneys at WKW are emphasizing the importance in taking care on the road and being wary of construction workers.

National Work Zone Awareness Week

The Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Traffic Safety Services Association, and others have celebrated National Work Zone Awareness Week annually since 1999. Their goal is to put a national focus on safety and mobility in work zones for workers and motorists. National Work Zone Awareness Week is the first week of every April, as construction season begins in the spring. In 2017, National Work Zone Awareness Week runs from April 3

National Work Zone Awareness Week is the first week of every April, as construction season begins in the spring. In 2017, National Work Zone Awareness Week runs from April 3rd to 7th. Each state has its own way of celebrating, and the Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a more locally focused Work Zone Safety Awareness Week from April 3rd to 8th.

Showing Your Support

What can you do to celebrate our construction workers? We suggest wearing orange on Go Orange Day, which falls on April 5th this year. Roadway safety professionals are encouraged to wear orange shirts in advocacy for road safety. Others are welcome to do so in solidarity with the workers as well as in support of families of work zone accident victims.

The most important demonstration of support, however, is helping prevent the automobile accidents that injure and kill roadside workers each year. The key message of this event is that drivers should be diligent in acknowledging and protecting the lives of road workers.

To help protect roadside workers, the personal injury attorneys at WKW recommend these tips for drivers:

  • Select an alternate route to avoid construction, and if you can’t, allow yourself extra travel time in your trip.
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phone use, food, and mind-altering substances while driving.
  • Construction zones affect traffic patterns. Obey the adjusted speed limits, and keep an eye out for warning signs, and watch for flaggers redirecting traffic.
  • Be a calm, patient, and defensive driver, and keep an appropriate distance from other cars.

WKW Hopes You Stay Safe

The Indiana personal injury attorneys at WKW thank our construction workers for their hard work. We advise anyone traveling during construction season to do so carefully. We support Indiana’s construction workers in our personal lives and in our practice. If you or someone you love works in roadside construction and has been injured on the job, contact WKW today for a free consultation online, or by call 317.920.6400.

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