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- Build Worksite Safety Culture
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Build Work Zone Safety Culture
Approximately one-third of work zone worker fatalities are unrelated to impacts by traffic intruders or by construction vehicles inside the work zone. These causes include contacts with overhead power lines, falls from machinery or structures, gas line explosions and struck-by falling objects or materials.
Each situation is different, and no general remedy will address these risks. The best protection is a highly trained workforce and supervisory personnel who continually stress the importance of safety awareness.
In Roadway Safety Program
Sprains and Strains
Runovers and Backovers
"We recommend that a safety meeting begin every shift," says LHSFNA Executive Director Joe Fowler. "That way, consciousness is raised everyday, worksite changes are reviewed and specific concerns can be addressed."
Improve Safety Training
The LHSFNA - in partnership with the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA) and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) - has developed a comprehensive, yet highly accessible Roadway Safety Program to help signatory contractors better train their workforce.
The program reviews major road work hazards (see Table 1), summarizing dangers and suggesting steps to prevent deaths, injuries and illnesses. The highly graphic presentation - available in both English and Spanish - is designed for use in toolbox talks or at orientation sessions for workers coming into a roadway work zone.
The complete program - which won the 2003 Work Zone Safety Training Award from the ARTBA and the National Safety Council - is available from the Work Zone Information Clearinghouse.