National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season. The goal is to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. It’s crucial that drivers always use extra caution in work zones.

Sheffield Safety recently held a work zone safety seminar for Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association members. Members were encouraged to attend one, two, or all three of the sessions in the safety series.  The topics covered included general work zone safety, fall protection, and utility/power line safety. If you would like to attend a training session in the future, we offer a multitude of training course options. Click here for a full list of safety training courses we offer.

Summary of the classes taught last week:

General Work Zone Safety: This session went over the concept of “Internal Traffic Control” which is designed to train contractors and employees how to safely navigate around workers and equipment in work zones to avoid runovers and backovers of workers on foot. The session also provides employees with tools they can use to safely work next to traveling public.

Fall Protection: Falls are the number one hazard in construction, so an analysis of fall hazards is essential on all projects. The session included training, procedures rules, and equipment systems available to protect workers from fall hazards found during road and bridge construction projects.

Utility & Power Line Safety: Awareness level training and rules associated with working around utilities and overhead power lines were covered in this session.

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