PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDSean Brown, media coordinator with PennDOT District 5, speaks with reporters about the work zone awareness program April 10 on I-78 near Summit Lawn Exit 59, Salisbury Township. The interview had to be held away from the interstate as the traffic noise was intense. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
PennDOT District 5 Safety Coordinator Dennis McArdle, adds his perspective to the problems of Work Zone Safety. McArdle is also a fire marshal with Good Will Fire Company No.1, Trexlertown. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
PennDOT firefighter Bryan Albright, highway maintenance worker Sergio Rodrigues and safety coordinator Dennis McArdle were on hand as a crew operated machinery needed to clean highway drains of road debris April 10 along I-78, Salisbury Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Sergio Rodrigues, highway maintenance worker with PennDOT, waits until it is safe for him to move while a truck passes him on I-78 near Summit Lawn, Salisbury Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
PennDOT highlights work zone safety
In an ongoing program to increase public awareness of work zones, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had a Work Zone Awareness media event April 10 along I-78 near the Summit Lawn Exit 59, Salisbury Township.
The event marked the upcoming National Work Zone Awareness Week April 9-13.
The program is designed to increase workplace safety for both PennDOT employees as well as the traveling public.
Statistics provided by District 5 Spokesman Sean Brown revealed there were 19 deaths in work zone crashes in 2017 in Pennsylvania.
There were 1,789 total crashes in 2017.
Up to March 9, there were a reported seven instances of vehicles intruding into work zones.
One employee was injured in that time frame and four vehicles were damaged.
Since 1970, 88 PennDOT employees have lost their lives.