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National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) 2023: You Play a Role in Work Zone Safety. Work With US

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) 2023: You Play a Role in Work Zone Safety. Work With US

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Today is the kickoff to National Work Zone Awareness Week 2023 (April 17-21).

Since 2000, this annual spring campaign is held at the start of construction season and encourages safe driving through highway work zones. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will host the 2023 NWZAW kick-off event on April 12 with the theme, “You Play a Role in Safety. Work with Us” 

What many fail to recognize is most people killed in work zone crashes are motorists and their passengers. In 2020, 117 of the 857 fatalities were work zone workers, making it more important for drivers to slow down and stay focused while approaching and passing through a roadway work zone.

As a manufacturer of a wide range of work zone safety products, this week is especially relevant for Hill & Smith Inc. We design, manufacture, and sell devices and solutions that are used to protect both workers and travelers. From message boards to our barriers and smart work zone systems, our company contributes greatly in the effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on America’s roads. 

In support of of National Work Zone Awareness Week, we will be changing our logo to Orange and participating in the key highlighted events below. We hope you and your colleagues will join us in supporting this week long event.


Monday, April 17 – Work Zone Safety Training Day. Though this should be happening every day, we recommend all locations to pause during the workday for safety demonstrations, discussions about safety policies, and other prevention steps.

Tuesday, April 18 – National Kickoff Event. National Work Zone Awareness Week 2022 kickoff event will be hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and held at the new I-70 westbound bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport,Missouri. 

Wednesday, April 19 – Go Orange Day. Now a Hill & Smith Inc. tradition, all road safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange to proudly show their support of work zone safety. Go Orange Day and NWZAW is important to show your support of the roadway safety industry, especially to the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones. As we did last year, we will be having a photo contest for the best group and individual photos!

Thursday, April 20 – Social Media Storm. We ask everyone to share messages and use hashtags #NWZAW and #WorkZoneSafety on their favorite social media platforms.

Friday, April 21 – Moment of Silence. We encourage everyone to pick a time at your location to stop and remember those who have lost their lives in a work zone incident. 

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