Do you slow down when you see that flashing orange “Men at Work” sign? This year, National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13, and Indiana Electric Cooperatives reminds drivers to be mindful of lineworkers on the job.
Utility trucks are equipped with flashing lights and reflective materials. Work zones are marked on the road with orange cones. And line crews wear reflective clothing when working near roadways. But even with these measures in place, work zones are dangerous.
“Our crews often work during harsh weather, which makes the job even more dangerous for our line crews,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Equipment that would be clearly visible in daylight is difficult for motorists to see when there is rain, snow, sleet or hail. But keeping the power on means we work during those conditions, too.”
When driving through a work zone or past a line crew, remember workers are doing their job and what they’re doing is simply to help you. We can help keep workers, other drivers, passengers and ourselves safe by paying attention to warning signs and flaggers and not speeding or tailgating in and around work zones.
Those at your electric cooperative understand work zones can be frustrating, especially when you’re in a hurry. But road crews and lineworkers work diligently to reduce the effect of roadside activities during your commute. They need your full attention to get the job done quickly and safely.
“On behalf of Hoosier lineworkers, please slow down and take your time while passing through work zones,” VanParis said. “It’s important to your safety and also those who are hard at work to help you and your neighbors.”