Halloween is usually fondly thought of as a fun and spooky night for kids and kids at heart, and the thought of children’s safety is usually top of mind for parents and guardians alike – for good reason.
October 31st is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year when it comes to traffic and vehicle related accidents and fatalities. In fact, pedestrian deaths spike 43% on Halloween, making it more susceptible to a traffic fatality than any other night of the year – and children being the most at risk.
When it comes to the safety of children, I think this is something that we are all ready and willing to get behind – but what about the safety of our employees, contractors or even ourselves when it comes to traffic and vehicle related injuries and fatalities on the job. Are we ready to step up and truly eliminate the horrors for those that work on the roads?
When I looked into the stats on road construction worker collisions, injuries and fatalities I was “spooked” (no pun intended) to find that in Alberta alone:
- There were 1045 road construction zone collisions last year
- Over the past 5 years, 955 injuries have occurred in work zones
- And in the last 5 years, 17 lives were lost in work zones
Its time we make our roads safe for the kids and workers, Halloween and every day of the year. If you are ready to be the change and are looking for help in ensuring the proper precautions and plans are in place to make your road construction jobs safe, contact us at Safety Ahead. We can assist you in creating the training, retraining, and easy-to-follow process that will make your safety plan powerful, practicable and available for any size project.
Let’s eliminate all horrors on the job – think ahead, think safe.
Cited: Partners in Road Construction Safety https://www.pircs.ca/