By Katie Chimelewski, director of safety & certification, ARTBA
The 20th Annual National Work Zone Awareness Week begins April 20 with an online “stand-down” to prevent construction industry “struck-by” incidents. The digital format reflects the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the transportation construction industry.
“Struck-by” incidents are a leading cause of work zone fatalities and injuries. The online event begins at 2 p.m Eastern. Please register now and ask questions in advance to our expert panel:
- Scott Earnest, acting director, NIOSH Construction Division, introductory remarks
- David Fosbroke, statistician, NIOSH Division of Safety Research
- Travis Parsons, associate director of Occupational Safety and Health, Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America
- Jerral Wyer, (retired), director of Occupational Safety and Health, Texas Department of Transportation
- Dave Dostaler, vice president of safety, Kraemer North America
“Unlike other construction workers, those who labor on the roadway are exposed not only to construction hazards, but also those posed by passing motorists,” says ARTBA’s senior vice president for safety Bradley Sant, who will moderate the online panel. “It is not a surprise that ‘struck-by’ hazards are the number one cause of death and injury for our industry. Workers and roadway users must be extra cautious when they find themselves in roadway work zones.”
ARTBA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and other government and private sector organizations, including transportation planning and design firms and contractors, are leading this year’s safety awareness activities. ARTBA’s outreach includes new safety training material, support for member organizations in safety stand downs, and awareness-raising “Go Orange” activities. A special Awareness Week section offering digital links to multiple resources has been added to ARTBA’s Transportation Construction Safety Center.
ARTBA also urges its members and others to enroll their workers in the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals (SCTPP) program, the transportation construction industry’s only international-accredited safety certification. The SCTPP website has recently been redesigned to build greater awareness and participation in the program.
Many ARTBA members are participating in this year’s awareness week events, including the nation’s leading transportation construction contractors. Find more information at the National Work Zone Awareness Week webpage.