April 18, 2013Location: Sparks, Maryland
JMT Strongly Supports Work Zone
Work zone dangers are faced daily by construction crews and
those working around our nation's roadways, as well as by
motorists. JMT and our employees would like to stress the
importance of demonstrating safe driving habits in and around work
Safety is JMT's #1 core value, as we strive for the safest
outcomes on all our projects. Safety does not occur by chance. It
is the result of careful attention to all company operations by
those who are directly and indirectly involved. We continue to
stress how employees at all levels must work diligently to
implement JMT's policy of maintaining safety and occupational
The establishment of National Work Zone Awareness Week is an
outstanding way to remind motorists of work zone safety. "We have
employees out in work zones every day," stated David Malkowski,
JMT's Corporate Safety Coordinator. "This is another great reminder
to not become complacent, as JMT's goal is to have zero accidents
so that all employees go home safe each and every day."
In Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley proclaimed April 2013
to be Work Zone Safety Awareness Month. All of our Maryland
employees, as well as our employees companywide,
support initiatives that educate drivers and encourage
safe driving behavior.
At JMT, we continue to implement our Safety Plan so our
employees work in a safe and appropriate manner to prevent
injuries, but there are often variables that are out of their
control. In the United States alone, more than 700 people die each
year in work zones, and four out of five people killed in work
zones are motorists - not highway workers. The major
contributing factors in work zone crashes include not paying
attention, going too fast for the conditions, failure to yield the
right-of-way and following too closely.
Tips for Motorists:
These simple tips (courtesy of www.roads.maryland.gov)
could save your life - or another's - in a work zone:
- Think Orange! When you see orange signs, cones and barrels,
expect a roadside work zone ahead.
- Stay alert! Look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes
and highway workers.
- Pay attention. Work zone signs will tell you exactly what to
- Merge early. If drivers merge as soon as they see the signs,
traffic will flow more smoothly.
- Slow down. You may encounter slowed or stopped traffic in an
- Don't follow too closely. Maintain a safe distance on all sides
of your vehicle.
- Minimize distractions. In many states, there are laws that ban
hand-held cell phones and texting.
- Plan ahead. Expect delays and allow extra travel time. Select
an alternate route if you are running late. Learn about current and
planned lane closures ahead of time using traffic and
transportation related websites.
Together, we can prevent injuries and calamities. Please
do your part!