Moving Ahead Spring/Summer 2019

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Work Zone Safety

by Josh Rapp, Project Manager for Knife River Materials, Central Point



Even though the calendar may show spring, road construction takes place year-round — and so do crashes inside the work zone. Each year in Oregon, there are nearly 500 accidents in work zones. Each year, an average of five people are killed in those accidents. That is a tragedy we have witnessed firsthand, and we would like to partner with you so no one is in that position again. Like you, the Knife River team wants everyone to get home safely each day. The three main causes of work-zone crashes are inattention, speed and driving too fast. Each of those things are preventable.

Day and night, depending on the project, my teammates and I are on the side of the road – or in the middle of a lane closure, working on projects to improve our valley. Throughout my life, I’ve been in several hostile places. I served as an Infantry Officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though the environment is much different here in our beautiful state, my teammates and I are still working in a dangerous place. Currently, we are working alongside the I-5 off-ramp at Exit 33 in Central Point. Although our crew tries to keep our work area safe, the situation is dynamic and constantly changing with each passing vehicle. Is the next driver drunk? Distracted? Sleepy? At highway speeds, things happen fast.

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