Please join us in spreading the word to drive safely through roadway work zones during National Work Zone Awareness Week.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones.  In 2022, 891 people died in work zones, according to the NHTSA FARS data.  Also in 2022, 94 highway worker occupational fatalities occurred in road construction sites, based on BLS data. #NWZAW #Orange4Safety

Click here to learn more about the history of #NWZAW 

How to Participate:

Work Zone Safety Training Day: Monday, April 15, 2024

NWZAW starts on April 15 with Work Zone Safety Training Day, which emphasizes the importance of laying the groundwork for safety through the training of personnel. Companies were encouraged to pause during the workday for safety demonstrations, discussions about safety policies, and other prevention steps.

Struck-by injuries are a leading cause of death,[1]  and since 1992 the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the construction industry. The national stand down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard recognition and fall prevention, and talks about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. Resources to conduct your own stand down can be found at

National Kickoff Event: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The NWZAW 2024 kickoff event will be hosted by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) at a site near where six roadway workers were killed in 2023. The noon event is by invitation only but is expected to be live streamed. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Go Orange Day: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

All roadway safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange to proudly show their support of work zone safety. NWZAW and Go Orange Day are especially important to the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones. Show your support on social media by posting orange pics and using the hashtags #NWZAW and #Orange4Safety. Find some photos here.

Social Media Storm: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Organizations, companies, institutions, and individuals were asked to share messages and use hashtags #NWZAW and #WorkZoneSafety throughout social media between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. ​Find social media images from MDOT below to use on your social channels.

Moment of Silence: Friday, April 19, 2024

The Moment of Silence started in 2022 and encourages companies and families to join together for a moment of silence as a tribute to the people who lost their lives in a work zone incident.​