Governement bodies, industry groups renew alliance for work zone safety
The Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA), together with the National Institute of safety and health (NIOSH), has renewed a long-standing partnership with Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners to combat work-related injuries and deaths that occur in roadway construction work zones.
“Most fatalities that occur in road construction work zones involve a worker being struck by a piece of construction equipment or other vehicle,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels in a press release. “This renewed Alliance with the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will help reach workers and employers with critical education and information to reduce preventable injuries and deaths.”
The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners include:
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
- International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
- Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA)
- Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
- National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- LIUNA Education and Training Fund
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Together, the Partners represent more than 1.2 million workers nationwide. The Alliance was first signed in 2007, then renewed in 2009 before its most recent renewal. The two-year agreement between government safety organizations and industry associations aims to prevent worker injuries and deaths that result from construction vehicles running over or backing over workers.
The Alliance plans to develop fact sheets and informational material to distribute that instruct workers and worksite visitors about how to prevent injuries and deaths by vehicles.
The material produced by the alliance will discuss personal protective equipment, high-visbility apparel, and safe work zone entry and exit. The partnership aims to extend its outreach further to workers with limited English proficiency and workers in short-term and temporary work zones.