Be alert and stay safe in work zones
Utilities often must put trucks and crews in roadways to make repairs or install new equipment to keep power on at your home and business. These workers already face hazards in their job, and that risk increases when working in an area near vehicle traffic.
Pictured above is a work zone where Rock Energy crews were working in Clinton, WI, in 2020.
With distracted driving accidents on the rise, some utilities say that their highest worker risk factor now is a distracted driver.
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearing House offers a CHECKLIST of measures for staying safe in work zones:
- Never use a cell phone or text while driving.
- Stay alert. Expect the unexpected.
- Slow down.
- Don’t tailgate.
- Pay attention to the signs.
- Obey the flaggers.
- Be patient and stay calm.
- Know the road rules for work zones.
Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the workers and equipment, driving the posted work zone speed limit, and using your four-way flashers when stopping or traveling slowly can help reduce accidents in work zones.
When you are making travel plans, check state websites for road construction information before starting a trip. If you know you are going to be traveling through a work zone, give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
For more safety information, visit SafeElectricity.org.