As we mentioned in our last blog it is the 13th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week. The week began with the US Department of Transportation kicking off an event on Route 141 in Chesterfield, Missouri.
We see the big orange barrels set up in the median and know the road we're traveling down is under construction. But how many of us reduce our speed significantly when driving through that work zone? Motorists should exercise extreme caution when driving through work zones at all times, but especially April 23-27, which is National Work Zone Awareness Week.
When you're a construction worker, danger comes with the job. There is always the danger of being crushed by a falling object or being injured when scaffolding collapses or heavy machinery malfunctions. Workers and their families recognize that being seriously injured or even killed on the job is a risk that construction workers take every day. For one Texas family, the risk became a reality when a highway construction worker was struck and killed by a passing vehicle last week.