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Best Practices in Work Zone Safety

Helping you design some of the safest possible solutions for less than perfect conditions.

Importance of a Proper Work Zone

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    In 2016, there were 683 fatal work zone crashes and 765 work zone fatalities in the U.S. alone. Of those fatalities, 143 involved road workers and 109 involved pedestrians. Around the world, there are over 1 billion vehicles on the road and over $837 billion in annual global road infrastructure spending.

    There are more drivers, work zones and hazards on the roads than ever before. It’s important to plan work zones that use highly-visible devices to protect both workers and drivers while also maintaining efficient traffic flow.

    In our Work Zone Safety eBook you will read more details on:

    • Road User and Worker Safety - Getting to Zero Deaths
    • Traffic Mobility
    • Public Perception

    Interested in more details? Download our Work Zone Safety eBook Below.

Work Zone Safety Planning: Things to keep in mind

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    The vehicles we drive and the roads we share are constantly evolving—more miles, more distractions, more hazards. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you design work zones for the present and the future:

    • Work Zone Safety Challenges
    • Trends in Work Zone Safety Planning
    • Regulations for Layout and Design

    Interested in more details? Download our Work Zone Safety eBook Below.

Steps to Improve Work Zone Planning

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    Improving safety in work zones is a significant challenge. Find ways to foresee potential hazards, effectively train crews, and clearly communicate with the workers, drivers and pedestrians on the road.

    Four key areas to focus on when improving your work zone include:

    • Budgeting for an Effective Work Zone
    • Spec'ing for Devices and Reflective Materials
    • Establishing Compliance Mechanisms
    • Selecting a Reputable Traffic Control Company

    Interested in more details? Download our Work Zone Safety eBook Below.

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Global Best Practices in Work Zone Safety eBook

Learn more about the latest best practices, industry trends and insider tips that can help you build safer work zones for workers, drivers and pedestrians.

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Contact 3M if you have questions about our temporary traffic control products or if you’re interested in learning more about how you can design safer work zones.

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