Work zone incidents are frequently catastrophic with traumatic injuries. The mental wellbeing of roadway protection workers can be affected both by witnessing such incidents and from being exposed to the aftermath. Sometimes the victims of such crashes are coworkers or subcontractors known by those witnessing the incident. Employers can help address the emotional needs and overall wellbeing of employees by incorporating Critical Incident Response capabilities and protocols into emergency crisis incident plans. This is an important element of effective crisis management suitable for

major workplace incidents and traumatic jobsite tragedies. Our CSDZ VP of Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing Cal Beyer speaks to this in an article in the Colorado Public Works Journal titled “Addressing the Emotional Needs of Employees Following Traumatic Workplace Incidents.”