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CONN-OSHA Work Zone Safety Session Scheduled for May 5
For immediate release
April 6, 2009

WETHERSFIELD - It’s an important message too often ignored. Those orange and black signs are strategically located in advance of a roadway or highway work area to warn motorists to slow down, prepare to adjust their travel pattern, and proceed with the utmost caution. 

Work Zones and the safety precautions road construction companies are required to take to keep their workers safe will be discussed, in depth, during a May 5 workshop sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA). The session will take place at the agency’s Wethersfield Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard and will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Moving vehicles from existing lanes of travel to temporary traffic patterns expose construction workers to life-threatening situations every day,” explains John Able, CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist. “The implementation of a simple Work Zone Safety plan, however, can reduce employee exposure, increase productivity and save lives. We can’t stress strongly enough the importance of this issue, either. According to statistics compiled by the Federal Highway Administration, 835 work zone fatalities were recorded in 2007, the most recent year for which statistics were available. In addition, there were more than 40,000 injuries in work zones that year.“

According to Able, adequate time for questions will be allotted during the workshop. While admission is free, pre-registration is required. To register, or for additional information, please contact Able by email at, or call him at (860) 263-6902.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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