03.25.2015Personal Tech

Work Zone Safety. It's Everybody's Business.

Work Zone Safety

It happens to all of us as we drive on streets and highways:  we see neon signs blinking, orange cones set up, a lane may be closed. It may be an aggravation, but the important thing to remember is that there are people who are working in these areas, who are helping to install new services, repair some conditions, or in some way make our lives easier.

“At our company, we are obsessed about safety, with training and awareness starting on the first day employees join our company, right up to when they head out of the garage each morning,”


These work areas are the focus of National Work Zone Awareness Week – March 23-27 –which reminds motorists to be extra careful when driving in these work areas.

Chris Levendos, Verizon vice president for New York City operations helped to kick off awareness in New York City on March 24 by taking part in a press conference hosted by the New York City Department of Transportation, and its commissioner, Polly Trottenberg.

“At our company, we are obsessed about safety, with training and awareness starting on the first day employees join our company, right up to when they head out of the garage each morning,” Levendos  said.

“When we talk about great customer service, or doing an installation of FiOS services, or building our fiber network along and under the streets of the City, none of that occurs if our employees are not safe out on the streets and roads.  And that starts with motorists who need to be mindful of our workers’ presence, and careful with their own driving,” he said.

In addition to Trottenberg, Levendos was joined by representatives of Consolidated Edison, National Grid, the New York City Council, various unions, and building and contractor groups.