Work Zone Awareness and Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents

April 15 - 19, 2024

The NCDOL OSH Division is joining Federal OSHA on promoting two National Safety Stand-Downs that are conducted during the same week in April. Transportation incidents and workers struck by vehicles or mobile equipment account for the highest number of fatal work injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers such as emergency responders, clean-up, utility, demolition, construction, and others in areas where there are moving vehicles and traffic are exposed to being struck-by moving vehicles. Work zones are used to move traffic in an approved direction and are typically identified by signs, cones, barrels, and barriers.  

National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week  - This annual event promotes work zone safety across the country and is led by the American Traffic Safety Services Association in conjunction with state and federal agencies. The event encourages drivers to slow down, stay focused, and use extra caution when approaching and passing through a roadway work zone. ​This year’s theme is “Work zones are temporary.  Actions behind the wheel can last forever.” 

  • April 15 – Work Zone Safety Training Day
  • April 16 – Stand Down Kickoff
  • April 17 – Go Orange Day
  • April 18 – Social Media Storm
  • April 19 – Moment of Silence

National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents

The National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents - This annual event raises awareness of struck-by hazards as these incidents are the number one cause of nonfatal injuries in construction and the leading cause of death among heavy and civil construction workers. The NORA Construction Sector Council sponsors this event to encourage workplaces to hold stand-down events that focus on struck-by hazards. 

  • April 15 - 2:30 pm: Struck-By Stand Down Live Event in Mobile, AL. Livestream here.
  • April 17 - 12 pm: OSHA Region 2 Webinar: National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. Register here.
  • April 18 - 2 pm:  CPWR and NORA Construction Sector Council Struck-By Stand-Down Webinar: Developing and Enforcing Internal Traffic Control Plans. Register here.

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