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Published: June, 2005; Vol 2, Num 1

Work Zone Memorial Program Seeks Support

As the association of companies that manufacture and install roadway safety features such as signs, pavement markings, guardrails and lighting, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) is well acquainted with the dangers of highway work zones.

Laborers and their employers also are well acquainted with these hazards. More Laborers are killed in work zones than on any other construction worksite.

Respecting this fact and experience, the ATSSA has contacted the LHSFNA for help in reaching out to local unions and roadway construction companies that might wish to join the association in honoring people – working men and women, drivers, passengers and emergency personnel – who have lost their lives in work zone crashes and incidents.

The Association has a touring exhibition and Memorial that travels the country to raise awareness of work zone danger, especially for motorists. In addition, once each year, in December, names of victims are added to the Memorial.

Through May of this year, the Memorial has been exhibited in ten cities, and more events are scheduled for the summer and fall. Dates remain open, however, and interested parties can contact the ATSSA to schedule a visit in their areas. Victims’ names, also, may be submitted for inclusion on the Memorial next December. In addition, the ATSSA has a scholarship fund that provides monetary assistance to the children of those killed or permanently disabled as a result of work zone accidents.

If you or your organization is interested in hosting a Memorial event, submitting victim names or applying for a scholarship, contact Kathy Toney at kathyt@atssa.com. More information about ATSSA is available at its website.

[Steve Clark]