Work Zone Awareness Week Gets OSHA's Aid

Awareness Week 2007, which of course is focused on the safety of workers in highway work zones. This year's theme is "Signs for Change," meant to remind drivers to be aware of work zones and obey signs.

"Employees who work in highway zones have one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, and these employees need not only OSHA's support, but the support of everyone who gets behind the wheel on a daily basis," said OSHA chief Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "There were nearly 1,100 work zone fatalities in 2005 -- that is a tragedy. I am hopeful that campaigns like this will help reduce those numbers."

OSHA offers various resources, including a site dedicated to highway work zones, signs, signals, and barricades from the Directorate of Construction. The "Motor Vehicle Safety" topics page addresses overall safety on the highways. The week's kickoff event on April 3 will take place at the Route 1 interchange on Interstate 495 just outside Washington, D.C., where it approaches the western side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria, Va.

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