Highway repair and construction are a major source of work hours for LIUNA signatory employers and Laborers. Unfortunately, highway work zones are among the most dangerous worksites in the construction industry. Laborers are injured and killed most often by public intrusions into work zones caused by speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving.
Improving work zone safety is an important focus of the work of the Occupational Safety and Health Division. In collaboration with the LIUNA Training and Education Fund, the LHSFNA previously partnered with other work zone safety stakeholders, including the American Road & Transportation Builders’ Association (ARTBA), the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Texas Transportation Institute and CNA Insurance. Under a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant, this partnership produced the Roadway Safety Program — an award-winning, multimedia, English, Spanish and Portuguese review of the major hazards and worker protections in road construction.
The Fund continues to promote positive protection whenever possible on road jobs and seek other remedies that will protect the lives of workers and the driving public.