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 safety videos, bulletins and shift briefings visit these web links:

Online Videos
Safety Bulletins
Shift Briefings

National Work Zone Awareness Week
April 20 – 24, 2020

“Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility”

Each year in the spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Since 1999, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has worked with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to coordinate and sponsor the event.

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

U.S.DOT FHWA  General Information
U.S. DOT FHWA Public Information/Outreach Resources
ATSSA Materials
Work Zone Safety Brochure