ACPA stands united this week with the FHWA, AASHTO and state highway and transportation agencies, trade associations, contractors, cement companies, and other stakeholders in the transportation-construction community to build awareness about work zone safety.
FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson led the kickoff event for the 2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week in Washington, DC, yesterday. Administrator Hendrickson was joined by local officials, construction workers, and families of highway work zone victims, all united in building greater awareness of work zone safety. Administrator Hendrickson also spoke at the North American Concrete Alliance fly-in this morning and reminded participants of the “Drive Like You Work Here” theme.
In 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 799 fatalities in work zones, which is a two-percent increase from the previous year, according to an FHWA press release.
ACPA is supporting the program with a robust series of social media posts throughout this week. Donna Antonacci and Bill Davenport collaborated on creating a series of attention-grabbing graphics, and messaging to increase awareness about work zone safety, as well as the need to avoid behaviors that can lead to work zone accidents and incidents.
We have seen excellent engagement in our social media channels, especially Twitter and Facebook. ACPA is urging members and affiliates to join the discussion on social media. Click the highlighted links to view and interact with ACPA’s messages on Twitter and Facebook. (Social media users–Look for these tags: #DriveLikeYouWorkHere, #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, #NationalWorkZoneSafety, and variations of those trending topics.)