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CONN-OSHA Work Zone Safety Session Scheduled for April 6

For immediate release
March 3, 2010

WETHERSFIELD – It is extremely important for road crews to be properly trained to avoid potential harm from distracted or reckless motorists. According to statistics compiled by the Federal Highway Administration, 835 work zone fatalities and more than 40,000 worker injuries were recorded in 2007, the most recent year for which statistics were available.  The issue of work zone safety will be discussed in depth at a CONN-OSHA session on April 6. 

The session, sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) 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 vehicle flow from existing travel lanes to temporary traffic paths 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 the importance of this issue strongly enough.”

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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