National Work Zone Awareness Week


  • Each year, about 600 people are killed in roadway work zones.
  • In 2013 (the last year for which data is available) there were 579 deaths.  Ten years before we reached a high of 1,095 deaths, so we are making significant progress.
  • Each year about 90 workers die in work zones; 60% of these deaths are the result of a worker being struck by a motorist or construction vehicle.
  • According to a recent OSHA report, 70% of the “struck-by” deaths in work zones are caused by motorist intrusions.
  • Of the deaths caused by construction vehicles, most are caused by backovers.
  • Tips for drivers:
  • Respect the work zone signs and warnings.  Many workers are killed when impatient motorists intentionally enter into the work space.
  • Don’t be distracted.  Distraction takes many forms:
    • Cell phone use (talking and texting)
    • Impairment (drugs and alcohol)
    • Drowsiness
    • Eating, reading, shaving, make-up
  • Obey posted speed limits.  They protect drivers and workers
  • Watch for workers
  • Expect the Unexpected

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, FHWA 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.