April 7, 2008
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Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will participate in the ninth annual National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11 in Sacramento, Calif. The kickoff event will be held in the city on April 8.
This year's campaign theme, "Slow for the Cone Zone," seeks to bring national attention to motorist and employee safety and mobility issues in work zones.
"Employees who work in highway zones face significant dangers, not only from construction equipment but from motorists as well," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We are proud to be a part of this event as we work to increase awareness of safe driving in work zones and help to reduce injury and fatality rates among highway employees."
OSHA has several resources that address safety and health for road construction crews and others working in highway work zones. OSHA's Directorate of Construction has a page on the OSHA Web site specifically about Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, and Barricades. In addition, OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Page titled "Motor Vehicle Safety" focuses on the overall issue of safety on the highways.
Through OSHA's Alliance Program, the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance are supporting the campaign by promoting highway work zone safety and health, and offering related compliance assistance resources to employers and employees.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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