Work zone safety continues to be a top priority for contractors and The Associated General Contractors (AGC), who attended the kick off for the 9th Annual National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) on the west steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento on April 8. This year's theme was "Slow for the Cone Zone." The NWZAW was launched in 1999 by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to bring attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones.
"Working together is the only way to improve safety in highway work zones," said AGC chief executive officer Stephen E. Sandherr. "Contractors try to create the safest environment possible, but highway work zone safety requires a joint effort that includes motorists as well as all levels of government."
According to FHWA, 1,010 people were killed in 2006 and more than 40,000 people are injured each year as a result of motor vehicle crashes in work zones.
Other organizations in attendance included FHWA, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the California Transportation Commission. Over the years, FHWA has worked with AASHTO and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to coordinate and sponsor the event. Since its inception, other transportation partners have joined the effort.
The AGC is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's general contractors and 12,500 specialty—contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters.