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Published: January, 2009; Vol 5, Num 8

 

Work Zone Safety 9.0:
Partners Release New Program

Aided by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), partners in the Road Construction Consortium produced an updated version of its Roadway Safety Program. Version 9.0 highlights night work and runovers while offering Laborers safe construction practices.

“The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, together with Laborers-AGC, joined other grant partners in making dramatic improvements in the Roadway Safety Program. Essentially, we’ve made a very useful training tool even better,” says Noel C. Borck, the LHSFNA’s Management Co-Chairman. “The Fund’s Occupational Safety and Health team has been working on this for two years, and I am very happy to see this work come to fruition.”

The Roadway Safety Program has many new and revised features. They include:

  • Extended modules on nightwork and runovers
  • Four demonstrations on how to set up traffic controls
  • A new demonstration on excavation and trenches
  • A new module on disaster response
  • An updated database of state standards for road work and highway safety
  • Pop-up help menus
  • Acronym rollovers
  • Updated student and teacher booklets

The new program is more user-friendly and easier to navigate. It contains Spanish and Portuguese as well as English audio components for most modules.

Two years ago, the LHSFNA and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) were awarded a $4 million grant from Federal Highway to work with a consortium of organizations to develop work zone training materials and guidance and to deliver work zone training. This consortium is very broad, representing most of the major players in work zone safety including Laborers-AGC. Over the past two years, the consortium has provided work zone training to thousands of workers. 

In 2009, the consortium will continue its work to develop guidance and training materials for work zone supervisors on proper set-up of the work zone and issues such as safe access and egress to work zones, safety for motorcycles and bicycles in work zones, speed management through work zones and implementation of new FHWA regulations.

Get a peek at two of Version 9.0’s features: Stopping Distance and Night Work Retroreflectivity.

For more information on the roadway safety program and to download a free copy, visit www.workzonesafety.org.

[Jennifer E. Jones]