National Work Zone Awareness Week kicks off: Work zone safety is everybody's responsibility

Contact: John Richard, MDOT Office of Communications
616-262-1565
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
A news conference and public event at PK Contracting in Troy to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), April 9-13. Safety experts from around the state are coming together to create awareness and discuss challenges and solutions for work zone safety.  Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Michigan State Police (MSP), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), Consumers Energy, and the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) will speak about work zone and roadway issues, and innovations in transportation.

SPEAKERS: 
Tony Kratofil - MDOT Metro Region Engineer
Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel - MSP
Rachelle VanDeventer - MITA Vice President of Industry Relations
Eric Allen - MIOSHA Manager of Construction Safety and Health
Kurt Shea - ATSSA Michigan Chapter President, PK Contracting Vice President and Division Manager
Julie Hegedus - Consumers Energy Executive Director of Gas Distribution
George Heath - SEIU 517M Labor Union President
Jeff Bartlett - Surveying Solutions Inc., Principal and Project Manager

WHEN:
Monday, April 9, 2018
11 a.m.  

WHERE:
PK Contracting
1965 Barrett Ave.
Troy

Special accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-373-9534 in advance of the meeting to request.

BACKGROUND:
As part of the nationwide Toward Zero Deaths safety campaign, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation's roads, NWZAW became a national event in 2000 and awareness has grown ever since. MDOT, along with numerous traffic safety partners across the country, supports NWZAW to raise awareness and further improve roadway safety for all workers, drivers and their passengers.

This year's NWZAW national campaign theme is: "Work zone safety is everybody’s
responsibility". 

For more facts, stats and information about work zone safety, visit: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm.