High Visibility is one of the most prominent needs for workers who must perform tasks near moving vehicles or equipment. The need to be seen by those who drive or operate vehicles or equipment is recognized as a critical issue for workers safety. Each year more than 100 workers are killed and over 20,000 are injured in the highway and street construction industry. That’s why the FHWA established rule, 23 CFR Part 634.
The FHWA Final Rule states that all workers who are within the public right-of-way of a Federal Aid higway must wear ANSI 107-999 Class 2 or Class 3. This requirement will apply to all emergency responders as well. This means that class 1 , NON-ANSI garments and Public Safety Vests are no longer acceptable apparel for these workers. The FHWA believes that this rule will improve visibility of workers within the Federal-aid highway right-of-way, thereby reducing these numbers.