The ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) 2015 “National Conference on Work Zone Safety” provided “a unique forum for public officials and private sector contractors to meet together in frank discussions about keeping workers and road users safe during construction activities,” said ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant.

Sant noted that representatives from 35 state departments of transportation (DOTs) met with contractors and safety professionals from across the country to address challenges ranging from motorist intrusions to the new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) “Every Day Counts” initiative.

The March 16-17 event, sponsored by the ARTBA-TDF-managed National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, was held in conjunction with the World of Asphalt Show & Conference in Baltimore.

Two hundred and fifty registrants took part in the two-day conference. Workshop panel speakers included experts from the FHWA, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and several state DOTs.

Sessions included perspectives from industry leaders, mentoring for safety managers, technology solutions to protect workers from motorist intrusion, flagging safety and preventing falls during bridge construction, inspection and maintenance.

The Clearinghouse, with its robust website, responds to 200,000 information requests annually.