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New Jersey ASSE Member Brian Cichetti Shares Importance of Work Zone Safety with Local Students

Posted in on Mon, Mar 8, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (March 8, 2010) — American Society of Engineers’ (ASSE) New Jersey Chapter member and Construction Practice Specialty Chair Brian Cichetti of E.E. Cruz, site safety manager for E.E. Cruz/ Tully JV on the current Second Avenue Subway project in New York, recently noticed children were regularly passing through construction areas on daily walks to and from a nearby school and decided to take action. He developed a presentation for children on the importance of safely passing near work zones and construction equipment. According to federal statistics, construction ranks as the most dangerous industry and represents approximately 20 percent of all work-related fatalities. Work zone safety is not only important for employees, but also for those passing by who may not be aware of the hazards near construction areas.

Cichetti created a presentation about safety near construction sites and presented it to students at Life Sciences Secondary School in New York City. The presentation focused on three important safety tips for students to remember when walking near work zones. Cichetti instructed students to always listen to flagger instructions and to never walk near heavy machinery, such as front end loaders and excavators, as the machine operators may not always see them. Cichetti also stressed the importance of following directions given by work zone signs, such as “Sidewalk Closed” or “Danger.” Cichetti is committed, as an occupational safety and health professional, to protecting people, property and the environment and has impacted students through his presentations on work zone safety.

When asked how students reacted to the presentation, Cichetti said, “The students had a very positive reaction to the information and they liked being informed in person. The project began in the summer while students were on a break from school and the area was changing due to the project. It was important to present some key tips to help them stay safe.”

ASSE provides additional tools for classroom outreach programs promoting occupational safety and health. The ASSE Safety Suitcase is a tool designed for ASSE members to educate 4th – 6th grade students about safety at work, as well as the safety, health and environmental profession. The kit provides an icebreaker and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) discussion, a presentation, a career role playing game and provides students with pencils and certificates. For more information on the Safety Suitcase please visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to For more information on ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter please visit

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