Work Zone Injuries Happen Every 14 Minutes

  Work Zone Injuries Happen Every 14 Minutes

  Travelers offers strategies for National Work Zone Awareness Week to help
                        workers and drivers stay safe

Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn. -- April 12, 2013

Working in the street or highway can be as dangerous as it sounds. According
to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were more than 37,000 injuries
in work zones and more than 500 fatalities in the most recent year reported.
This equates to one work zone injury every 14 minutes, 96 per day, or about
four people injured every hour.* Travelers is helping drivers and entities
manage this risk by offering important steps to help stay safe for National
Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15 – 21.

“When an accident occurs in the work zone, it can have a significant impact to
the motorist, worker and the entire company,” said Bob Kreuzer, Vice
President, Travelers Risk Control. “National Work Zone Awareness Week serves
as a reminder to drivers and job supervisors to stay focused on being safe in
these areas. As a large insurer of commercial drivers, construction firms and
municipalities, Travelers understands how things go wrong and implementing
certain precautions can greatly improve safety for these workers.”

For any organization with operations in streets or the nation’s highways,
there are important steps to take to help keep workers safe. They include:

  *Have a Plan – Having a written Traffic Control Plan based on the Manual on
    Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) or state requirements, whichever
    is more stringent, is critical in that it is the foundation for safety
    within work zones.
  *Slow Traffic – The signage a driver and/or pedestrian experiences before
    entering a work zone in the advanced warning area can influence their
    movement through the work zone.
  *Create a Barrier – While the type and extent of barriers utilized within a
    work zone are typically dictated within contract documents, the type of
    barrier ultimately used can mean the difference between protecting workers
    or not.
  *Be Visible – Make sure workers are visible with the appropriate
    high-visibility apparel. This includes bright colors during the day and
    retro-reflective gear when working in the dark.

Drivers traveling through work zones should also pay extra attention as
traffic patterns may change, following distances can be reduced, and
equipment, road materials and workers may unexpectedly enter the driving lane.

“There is a lot happening in the roadway leading up to a work zone, and in the
work zone itself, which means there is more that can potentially distract a
driver,” added Kreuzer. “That’s why it is important to be extra attentive when
driving through a work zone to help avoid an accident.”

National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored by the Associated General
Contractors of America, raises public awareness about the dangers for highway
construction sites, roadway work zones and motorists when road improvements
are underway.

About Travelers
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property
casualty insurance for auto, home and business. The company's diverse business
lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage sold primarily
through independent agents and brokers. A component of the Dow Jones
Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and operations in
the United States and selected international markets. The company generated
revenues of approximately $26 billion in 2012. For more information, visit
www.travelers.com.

* Source: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration,
Facts and Statistics - Work Zone Injuries and Fatalities
(http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/facts_stats/injuries_fatalities.htm)
accessed 3/26/2013

Contact:

The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Matt Bordonaro, 860-277-7014
 
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