Travelers offers strategies for National Work Zone Awareness Week
to help workers and drivers stay safe
HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 12, 2013--
Working in the street or highway can be as dangerous as it sounds.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were more than
37,000 injuries in work zones and more than 500 fatalities in the most
recent year reported. This equates to one work zone injury every 14
minutes, 96 per day, or about four people injured every hour.* Travelers
is helping drivers and entities manage this risk by offering important steps
to help stay safe for National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15 –
“When an accident occurs in the work zone, it can have a significant
impact to the motorist, worker and the entire company,” said Bob
Kreuzer, Vice President, Travelers Risk Control. “National Work Zone
Awareness Week serves as a reminder to drivers and job supervisors to
stay focused on being safe in these areas. As a large insurer of
commercial drivers, construction firms and municipalities, Travelers
understands how things go wrong and implementing certain precautions can
greatly improve safety for these workers.”
For any organization with operations in streets or the nation’s
highways, there are important
steps to take to help keep workers safe. They include:
Have a Plan – Having a written Traffic Control Plan based on
the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) or state
requirements, whichever is more stringent, is critical in that it is
the foundation for safety within work zones.
Slow Traffic – The signage a driver and/or pedestrian
experiences before entering a work zone in the advanced warning area
can influence their movement through the work zone.
Create a Barrier – While the type and extent of barriers
utilized within a work zone are typically dictated within contract
documents, the type of barrier ultimately used can mean the difference
between protecting workers or not.
Be Visible – Make sure workers are visible with the appropriate
high-visibility apparel. This includes bright colors during the day
and retro-reflective gear when working in the dark.
Drivers traveling through work zones should also pay extra attention as
traffic patterns may change, following distances can be reduced, and
equipment, road materials and workers may unexpectedly enter the driving
“There is a lot happening in the roadway leading up to a work zone, and
in the work zone itself, which means there is more that can potentially
distract a driver,” added Kreuzer. “That’s why it is important to be
extra attentive when driving through a work zone to help avoid an
National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored by the Associated General
Contractors of America, raises public awareness about the dangers for
highway construction sites, roadway work zones and motorists when road
improvements are underway.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV)
is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto,
The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide
range of coverage sold primarily through independent agents and brokers.
A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than
30,000 employees and operations in the United States and selected
international markets. The company generated revenues of approximately
$26 billion in 2012. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.
* Source: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway
Administration, Facts and Statistics - Work Zone Injuries and Fatalities
Source: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Matt Bordonaro, 860-277-7014