March 24 marks the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week in Illinois and other states. The concern of this event is for the substantial numbers of workers on road construction and highway work crews that are struck and killed by vehicles each year. This kind of workplace accident does not necessarily get the attention of other kinds of more visible and publicized incidents, but it does account for many deaths each year in the nation's workforce.
Sometimes, the danger to these workers is from co-workers or other companies that negligently operate various kinds of machinery at the job site. The danger can also come from the driving public, with impatient and reckless drivers sometimes causing tragic consequences at highway work sites. Bereaved family members of the deceased workers are coming together for local commemorations of their loved ones in communities nationwide this week.