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Approximately 45% of employee accidents in municipalities occur in public works including utilities. Work on roads and around heavy equipment is inherently dangerous. The award-winning video, Don’t Get Caught in the Crush Zone shows the precautions that must be taken to prevent these accidents.

The two largest causes of DPW injuries are body mechanics (49%) and fall downs (19%). The videos Back Pain, Stop and Think and Smart Moves to Avoid Falling Down address these issues. Another especially relevant video is Driving During Emergencies and Natural Disasters. Any governmental agency may download and use these videos.

Research has shown that the accident rate can be reduced by reminding employees of basic precautions at the beginning of each day’s operations.  Shift Briefings on a wide variety of safety issues ranging from seasonal to specific categories of work are also available.

To view these and other MSI videos, bulletins and shift briefings please visit the MEL Safety Institute Website and click on the MSI Toolkit. 

National Work Zone Awareness Week
April 26 – 30, 2021

This year’s theme is Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season that encourages safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

Drive Safe. A reminder that work zones need everyone’s undivided attention. When approaching a work zone, motorists should always slow down, follow all posted signs, be alert, and remain calm. Risky driving behavior affects more than just the driver – everyone’s lives and families are at stake.

Work Safe. Technology is helping to make work zones safer by collecting data and automating processes, which can remove workers from dangerous situations and provide motorists with important information. It is also a reminder that work zone safety begins with workers who are dedicated to safety.

Save Lives. If we ALL work together, we can achieve zero deaths on our roads and in our work zones!

A variety of resources are available to assist with educational campaigns including videos, brochures, posters, public service announcements, and more. Visit and these websites for more information: