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Many firms, agencies, organizations and associations have begun planning for the 2015 version of National Work Zone Awareness Week. This year NWZAW will be from March 23 to March 27, with a kick-off event to be held in Virginia. The purpose of National Work Zone Awareness Week is to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety as well as to mobility issues in work zones.

In Alabama, the activities of the event will include posting newsletter articles, giving poster presentations, conducting safety stand downs, and placing billboards alongside the highways. In Alabama, the activities of the many participants are coordinated by the Alabama Struck By Alliance. The Alliance is an organization of business persons and governmental officials who share information and conduct activities to promote the safe travel and operations in and around the work zones along the highways in the state.

2015 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
March 23-27, 2015

2015 Work Zone Safety
Survey Results

Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged summer travel motorists to stay alert while driving through work zones, noting that drivers and passengers are more likely than highway workers to be hurt or killed in work zone accidents. - See more at:

Alabama Struck By Alliance
The Alabama Struck By Alliance performed many activities to
call attention to the  2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week . 
A total of 50 different activities were performed by 25 individual
members of the Alliance.  The activities carried the message
of "Expect the Unexpected" to more than 22,000 persons in
Alabama and those passing through. 
The outreach activities were carried out before, during
and after the actual dates of the designated week.

To view a detailed listing of all of the activities performed by
members of the Alabama Struck By Alliance, please click here.

Click here to view News Release for 2015 Event Preparation.

Click here to download a Registration form to Host a Tool Box Talk

Click here to download the Tool Box Talk Power Point Presentation in PDF format

2014 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

Over 4,000 employees throughout Alabama participated in the
Alabama Struck By Alliance's Safety Stand Down in April 2014 in conjunction with National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week held in April.   Appreciation is extended to all the companies who took the time to train their employees on Work Zone Safety.

Click here to view recap of 2014 Struck By Alliance Activities
including photo of Governor Bentley's signing of Proclamation!

National Work Zone Safety Facts from Federal Highway Administration

2014 To download Registration Form click here.

2014 To download power point presentation in PDF format, click here
2013 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
Over 11,000 employees throughout Alabama participated in the
Alabama Struck By Alliance's Safety Stand Down
held in conjunction with National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week during April.  Appreciation is extended to all the companies who took the time
and effort to train their employees on Work Zone Safety.

Appreciation is extended to Lamar Advertising for donating billboards across the state urging Alabama to Drive Safely.  It is estimated that
over 1 million motorist were reached during this campaign.



Governor Bentley signs Proclamation Recognizing
Work Zone Safety Awareness Week  April 15-19, 2013

In recognition of this years Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, Gov. Robert J. Bentley issued a proclamation marking the 14th anniversary of National Work Zone Awareness Week.   Additionally, the exterior of the ALDOT Central Office in Montgomery will reflect orange lighting and billboards will be displayed across the state.   Federal and state agencies, road builders, contractors and local officials are also joining statewide to heighten awareness about the dangers of driving in work zones and to encourage motorists to drive with caution to make Alabamas highways safer.

ALDOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visi
t                   Read full ALDOT Press Release....

National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week 2013

Alabama Struck By Alliance hosted a statewide Safety Stand Down in recognition of National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
April 15th - 19th, 2013  employers  participated in the Stand Down by hosting a safety meeting on one of the days during that week to make  employees aware of the importance that the construction industry places on SAFETY.

2013 National focus was on Texting and Driving. The slogan was Work Zones - We are All in This Together!  The initiative asked that we get the message out to everyone who interacts with the driving public the importance of NOT Texting and Driving specifically through a work zone.

Not all employers are involved in building roads BUT all employees drive to and from work everyday; and many  drive company vehicles. All were encouraged to  make it a policy that their  employees DONT TEXT and DRIVE.

In an effort to give OSHA an idea of how many employees participate in this National Event, we asked that each company register using the attached registration form.

A Power Point Presentation was made available for use.   Employers were encouraged to utilize any relevent parts for their Safety Stand Down.  Also, made avaialble was ALDOT's Public Announcment. Public Service Announcement created by ALDOT.   Employers were also encouraged to
visit the Drive Safe Alabama webpage for ideas for safety meetings. 

To download Power Point Presentation in pdf format, click here. 

To download Registration Form, please click here (Safety Stand Down)

To Register On Line Click here
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Also, please take a moment to view the attached Video link:
The video in the link below has been making the rounds on the internet.
The video was supposedly taken by a State Troopers dash camera.
Allegedly, during the investigation, an unsent text message
was found on the drivers phone.
The video only takes a few seconds to view; but it is worth viewing.
AGC Survey finds 68% of Highway Contractors Had Vehicles Crash Into Their Construction Work Zone during the Past Year
More than two-thirds of highway contractors responding to a new Associated General
Contractors of America survey say that motor vehicles crashed into their work zones
over the past 12 months and almost one-fifth reported construction-worker fatalities in those accidents.

AGC of America released the survey today, near the start of National Work Zone Awareness
Week, a joint industry-government effort to put a spotlight on the dangers on highway job sites
and reduce fatalities and injuries. There has been progress. According to U.S. Dept. of Transportation statistics, there were 576 deaths in highway work zones in 2010, the most recent data available, down 15% from 2009s total of 680 and far below the 1,006 fatalities recorded in
2006.   Brian Turmail, an AGC of America spokesman, says, Any improvement is something wed very much welcome.

He credits efforts by government and law-enforcement officials to urge motorists to drive more safely in job sites and also says many contractors are taking pretty aggressive actions to protect their workers. But he adds,Were not going to stop until the fatality number is zero and injury number is zero, if we can get it there.
One surprising finding of the AGC survey was that construction workers were slightly more likely to die in vehicular work zone accidents than motorists were. Specifically, 18% of contractors responding to the survey said they had workers die in highway jobsite accidents and 15% of firms said there were driver or passenger fatalities in such crashes. But US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said in an April 23
blog posting that 10% to 15% of work zone deaths were workers and 85% to 90% were motorists or passengers. Turmail said that portion of the AGC survey findings caught us by surprise.  We did not expect that."   See Results of Survey.


Alabama Struck By Alliance Goals

The Alabama Struck-By Alliance has far reaching goals, from making employees aware of the hazards in their working environment; to training OSHAs compliance officers to understand MUTCD; to working with contractors to make their jobsites a safer place for employees to work; and to making drivers education students and motorists aware of the dangers involved in roadway work zones. 

The Alliance strives to make construction employers,
employees, and motorists, aware of the hazards involved in roadway work zones in Alabama.

History of the Alabama Struck By Alliance

AlabamaAGC is signatory to the Alabama Struck-By Alliance with OSHA along with several other associations in an attempt to address the serious issue of struck-by fatalities in work zones. An alliance is a special OSHA program that allows industry to collaborate with OSHA in a non-enforcement arena. Alliance goals include training and education, outreach and communication and the promotion of a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 

Since 2001, the Alliance has grown to include the following entities:

  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA -Alabama  Offices)
      Alabama - Associated General Contractors of America, Inc.
      Alabama Road Builders Association, Inc.
      Safe State of Alabama
      Alabama Department of Transportation
      The Federal Highway Administration Alabama Division
      3M Corporation
      Lamar Outdoor Advertising
      Alabama T-2 Center - Auburn University 
      Alabama Power Company
      Alabama Asphalt Association
      Alabama Associated Building Contractors
      Mobile Gas - A Sempra Company


The Alabama Struck-By Alliance began in 2001 when Paul Weaver, President of H.O. Weaver & Sons, Inc. in Mobile, was discussing a fatal struck-by accident with the Mobile OSHA Area Director, Lana Graves. She suggested he contact the local trade associations he was involved with to form an Alliance, which could provide desperately needed struck-by training to contractors statewide. Weaver, a Past President of Alabama Road Builders Association and a member of AlabamaAGC began talking with these groups. The group immediately grew to include SafeState of Alabama, ALDOT, and 3M Corp. 

The newly formed Alliance worked together and soon developed a training seminar which could be utilized across the state to educate hundreds of contractors and ALDOT employees. The training seminar included presentations which addressed several areas of concern.
OSHA discussed fatality data for Struck-By accidents and therefore the need for training;
AlabamaAGC presented training on traffic control planning; 
 ALDOT discussed the implementation of MUTCD requirements; 
 Safe State of Alabama discussed their free consultation services and the need for
   training in and out of the work zone; and
 3M discussed ANSI Standard 107-1999 and the need for retro-reflective clothing. 

Nine separate seminars were held throughout the state with the final seminar, video taped by Alabama Technology Center at Auburn University. Alabama Technology Center then produced CDs for the Alliance members to distribute to their memberships and other interested parties.

In 2004, Lamar Advertising joined the Alliance. During Work Zone Awareness Week Lamar provided Billboards around the State boasting the slogan Slow Down Moms and Dads Work Here. Over 55 Billboards were posted with an estimated 62,892,000 viewers over a three month period.

In 2005, the Alliance continued ongoing projects and engaged in new activities. 

Alliance member AlabamaT2 Center trained ALDOT workers in the correct implementation of the MUTCD requirements. 

Alliance members, AlabamaT2 Center and 3M, are working together in an effort to create a Hazard Assessment Document which can be used by Contractors to help assess the hazards on their jobsites.

During 2005, Alliance contractor members participated in a "Wear Test on Retro-reflective T-Shirts" which was conducted by 3M. 

Alliance Members participated in the first Alabama - Federal Highway Summit. 

Alliance members supported "National Work Zone Safety Week" in 2005 and 2006  by assimilating information to contractors and others statewide. The Alliance created a safety brochure which was distributed throughout the State. Members of the committee also participated in several local and statewide TV outreach efforts during the week. 

Since 2005, the Alliance has participated in National Work Zone Safety Week.  Each year Lamar Advertising has donated the artwork and billboards to have a safety message posted on our highways throughout Alabama. 

Post Hurricane Efforts:

One of the most significant safety challenges that the devastation of Hurricane Katrina brought to the gulf coast has been the increase in workers exposed to "Struck-By" hazards. Thankfully, the Struck By alliance members were ready and willing to assist by donating PPE and coordinating worker training; including a successful Construction Safety Conference. The alliance also created and placed a safety message on a billboard off Interstate-10 at the Alabama/Mississippi border; reminding drivers to drive safety during the rebuilding.

Alliance Activities 2006

In response to the Alliance's interest in highway work zone safety, Alliance member AlabamaT2 has applied for a grant which will allow them to identify commonalities between the interaction between construction workers in highway work zones and the motoring public in Alabama.

This spring, Alliance members were instrumental in initiating a free Construction Safety Conference which focused on the needs of workers engaged in post hurricane construction.

Through grants provided to Georgia Tech and Construction Safety Council, the Alliance has been able to help host and advertise additional free safety training for workers engaged in post-hurricane construction along the Coast. 

Alliance Activities 2007

Alabama Power Co. and PESCA joined the Alliance. 

Alliance Activities 2008

In 2008, the Alliance participants developed a DVD on work zone safety that is shown at rest areas throughout Alabama. The DVD features information on work zone hazards, the Alabama Struck-By Alliance, Alabamas efforts to reduce injuries in work zones, and data on work zone accidents. The DVD also highlights the impact of work zone accidents on employees, their families, and drivers. A copy of the DVD was provided to the Georgia Struck-By Alliance to assist efforts to reduce work zone accidents in Georgia.

Lamar Outdoor Advertising has provided billboards throughout Alabama since 2005 featuring work zone safety messages. More than 300,000 people a day viewed these billboards during the 2008 National Work Zone Awareness Week in April 2008. In addition, the Alabama Power Company and other Alliance participants supported the 2008 National Work Zone Awareness Week by providing litter bags with work zone safety tips at rest areas through Alabama.

Alliance participants also continued to provide training on work zone safety. For example, Alliance participants worked with the Construction Safety Council to present three Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) training courses to an estimated 90 employers and employees in 2008. The Alliance has provided work zone safety training for 249 students (as of November 2008).

Alabama Asphalt Association joined the Alliance in October of 2008.

Alliance Activities 2009

2009  - National Work Zone  Safety Week - April 6th - 10th
Billboards  were posted by Lamar Advertisingthroughout the state encouraging motorists to
 "Put down the Phone" while driving through Work Zones.
Read Press Release

The following companies joined the Alliance in 2009:

  • Mobile Gas - A Sempra Company

  • Alabama Associated Builders & Contractors

Alliance Activities 2010

National Work Zone Safety Week - April 19th-23rd, 2010

To view the National Pubic Service Announcement

Motorists are  being encouraged to Drive without Distractions!!!
"Work Zones Need Our Undivided Attention."

for more information on Work Zone Safety:

Alliance Activities 2012

Appreciation is extended  to those firms who participated in 
National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week - April 23-27, 2012 

The topic was Distracted Driving.  Over 13,000 employees participated in our 
Work Zone Awareness Safety Stand Down

It's not too late to make an impact:
Download the Presentation in a PDF format

to use in your next Tool Box Safety Talk.

Appreciation is extended to
Lamar Advertising for providing Billboards throughout the state.

The video in the link below has been making the rounds on the internet.
The video was supposedly taken by a State Troopers dash camera.
Allegedly, during the investigation, an unsent text message
was found on the drivers phone.

The video only takes a few seconds to view; but it is worth viewing.



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