Safe Work Zones For All: We Can Do It!
This week, Barriere joins other roadway safety professionals from across the country in observing National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). In its 20th year, the campaign spreads the message:
We are all responsible for work zone safety.
This is a foundational internal message at Barriere. We exist to safely connect society through quality infrastructure construction services and products. Our dedicated employees work hard and their families support them in our successful delivery of public and private projects.
Most of Barriere’s “offices” are literally on the road, so we have developed core responsibilities around traffic control to manage work zones for the safety of our employees and the public. Everyone at Barriere is committed to an ongoing Journey to Zero workplace incidents.
Ensuring the safety of Barriere’s employees, their families, and the general public is our top priority, but we can’t do it alone.
In 2016, a drunk driver entered one of Barriere’s work zones, injuring four of our employees. This incident brought NWZAW’s message even closer to home, underscoring the need for increased awareness of how to behave and drive safely in work zones.
We invite you to participate in 2020 National Work Zone Awareness Week with us Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24.
For public safety purposes, the 2020 media NWZAW kickoff event was canceled, so virtual participation is critical to amplification of the NWZAW message and this year’s theme – “Safe Work Zones for All. Protect Workers. Protect Road Users. We Can Do It!”
Throughout the week, educate yourself about work zone safety by following and interacting with us on Facebook and/or LinkedIn. Spread the message with your friends, family, and community by liking, commenting, sharing, and using the hashtags #NWZAW, #GoOrange4Safety, and #WatchForUs.
- Monday, April 20: Join the Virtual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents, which have been the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the construction industry since 1992.
- Tuesday, April 21: Get your outfit and plan together for Go Orange Day, a time to wear orange as a visual reminder of work zones and to spread work zone safety awareness. Get creative!
- Wednesday, April 22: Go #Orange4Safety by wearing orange and posting photos of your #GoOrangeDay activities.
- Thursday, April 23: Take some time out of your day to think about how you can personally contribute to safer work zones. Commit to slowing down and staying alert.
- Friday, April 24: Go forth, prosper, and remember to #WatchForUs on the road!