Public works professionals build, maintain and restore America’s infrastructure.
Our nation would be deadlocked without sanitation collectors, linepersons, and water utilities specialists; highway maintenance, iron, steel and agricultural workers; miners, loggers, and forest service employees; accident investigators and disaster response personnel. The work of these professionals too often goes unnoticed despite how critical it is and how dangerous it can be.
It is not uncommon for public works professionals to suffer or witness job-related catastrophic accidents and death.
Highway maintenance professionals work within inches of motorists traveling at high speeds. They see dismembered bodies or bodies in the midst of dismemberment. Refuse and recyclable material collectors face a fatality risk estimated to be nearly 10 times higher than workers in all other industries. Gas and electric workers sustain injuries or death from falls, hit-and-runs, electrical flashes and burns. Loggers work in rough, remote terrain, with heavy equipment and significant risk of fatal injury.
As public works professionals sustain and improve our communities, we direct our attention to their well-being.
What’s a more important investment? On the job, healthier public works professionals may be more likely to keep a positive perspective, properly assess safety and risk, and stay motivated; they may also be less likely to distrust colleagues and supervisors or be chronically absent. Off the job, healthier employees are likely to be better partners, parents and community members.