National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 11-15
In 2020, 774 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 857 deaths. Of those killed 117 were involving road-side workers. The highest rate of struck by vehicle injuries happen to the highway maintenance workers.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is a public awareness campaign that takes place during the start of spring construction season across the United States and is celebrating it's 22nd anniversary. The most recent statistics show there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 842 deaths in 2019. Of those killed, 135 were roadway workers. This year, National Work Zone Awareness week will Kick off April 12, and will feature different them each day.
How Can You Participate?
Help to spread the message that we are all responsible for work zone safety and join individuals and organizations across the country who are prepared to "Go Orange" April 13 to express efforts to stop work zone crashes. “National Work Zone Awareness Week was established with roadway workers in mind, but the statistics make it abundantly clear that everyone is at risk in work zones,” ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner said. “The goal of this week is for motorists to slow when approaching and passing through roadway work zones so everyone makes it home safely.”
The goal of any safety apparel is to make sure you are seen. Orange has is the most contrasted color as compared to the natural outdoor environment and has been used in the hunting and wildlife community to identify hazards for decades. It is the most easily detectible color by the human eye during the night time. This is because as dawn sets in the human eyes respond to red and orange color more than the yellow ones. The fluorescent orange color is identified as an identifier of hazards and is widely used in road construction signs and warnings, cones and barrels and is the color that drivers respond as “slow down” colors while driving on the roads.
How To Make sure you are wearing the right gear for the right job:
- Class I Safety Vests are not acceptable for road construction work, and are only to be worn when traffic in your work area is less than 25mph.
- Class II Safety Vests ( pictured below) are to be worn when traffic conditions are between 25mph-50mph and is the most commonly used in road construction.
- Class III Safety Vests like the one below, are required when traffic is over 50mph and best during flow-light and high-hazard conditions.
Why Choose Kwik Safety?
Here at KwikSafety we have a very deep love for hi-vis safety apparel. We offer many different styles that can fit anyone's need and surely make you stand out from the crowd on the work site!
Our hi-vis safety vests, safety shirts, and safety jackets are ANSI tested and OSHA compliant for your safety. With safety as a number one priority here at KwikSafety, we also take pride in style when it comes to our products. We want our customers to be able to have The Safety They Need, The Style They Want that meets industry standards.
Additionally, with a quick and responsive team dedicated to customer happiness, we are here to answer any questions and support with customized orders. Visit our catalog HERE to find the perfect fit that supports the safety of your and your team. Follow Kwik Safety on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter for the industry latest and weekly #KwikTips!