Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Safety Equipment Works for You

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Safety Equipment Works for You

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High-Visibility Vest is Life Saver for Maryland Woman

Stephanie Blozy of Gaithersburg, Md., runs in the morning before work, and during the winter months it's pitch dark, she told The Washington Post. Nearly every day last year, a man wearing a lime-green shirt honked and waved as he drove by her. During Stephanie's first predawn run this year, the man again honked as he passed, but then slowed to a stop.

At first, she panicked. It was dark and she was on a street without houses that backs up to a park. "Should I hightail it into the woods?," she thought. She slowed to a walk and kept a cautious distance as she neared the car. The man in the car rolled down the window and said: "Hi, my name is Earl, and I work for the state highway administration. I've got something for you."

He handed Stephanie a bright orange and yellow safety vest, the Post reported Jan. 31, 2007. "This will keep you safe," he said. Stephanie thanked him and put on the vest as Earl drove off with a wave.

Minutes later she was running on a sidewalk along a busy road approaching a dangerous intersection, one where she had almost been hit no less than five times, she said. Suddenly, a speeding car screeched to a halt about 15 feet before the stoplight and waved her across the street. "I was shocked at the driver's perception until I remembered I was wearing the vest," Stephanie told the Post. "Mission accomplished, Earl!"

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