Workzone Safety – It’s up to us

Like you I’ve got things to do, appointments to be on time for, places to be – and the lane closure ahead just put me behind schedule. You probably don’t give it much thought. It’s a distraction to you, maybe an annoyance. But for others it’s a life and death situation.

For the people working out there, it’s dangerous. With cars going by at 45 mph (you all slow down in a work zone, right?) Just feet away from you, a slip or a distracted driver can have serious consequences.

With the start of construction season here in Michigan, and the effort to rebuild our roads, there will be more people than ever out there putting their lives in danger of making your commute safer.

I’m pretty sure that if you were to ask anyone working on the side of a road they could all tell you a story or two about a close call they had, or worse, an injury or death of a worker they knew. Today kicks off National Work Zone Awareness Week, and all week we’ll be sharing stories with you from the employees at Spalding DeDecker who are out behind the barricades every day working for you. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to read more.

Take the time to share these posts with your friends, family, and coworkers. We should always be careful when we are driving, but take a minute and slow down the next time you merge into a construction zone and watch out for those people working there.  They will appreciate it.

As for me, I slow down and give these people room.  I am responsible for making sure they get home safely every night. As a friend and coworker of these people this is very personal. Maybe I’m late for my appointment – that’s my fault and I need to plan better.