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National Work Zone Safety Conference March 16-17 in Baltimore: Event Held at World of Asphalt
by Una Connolly, ARTBA vice president of safety and environmental compliance
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Thirty years ago, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) brought together construction executives and federal, state and local agency officials for the landmark “National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety.” It was the first of 14 ARTBA national and international conferences and educational workshops to share “best practices” and provide perspectives from “both sides of the barrel” in an effort to help reduce motorist and worker fatalities and injuries in these construction zones.
Today, the ARTBA-TDF remains a leader in the safety arena and is once again hosting a “National Work Zone Safety Conference” March 16-17 at the Baltimore, Md., Convention Center in conjunction with the “World of Asphalt.”
It is being offered free of charge through the ARTBA-TDF’s National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse,
(www.workzonesafety.org). The Clearinghouse, which fulfills nearly 200,000 information requests annually, is located at the Texas Transportation Institute in College Station.
With about 40 road construction workers killed each year because of being struck by construction vehicles or by
motorists in cars, vans and other vehicles, the conference will place special emphasis on this issue.
Public officials from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), along with executives from Granite Construction, Oldcastle Materials, the Texas Transportation Institute, and American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO), will be on hand to deliver presentations on these topics:
- “Best of the Best” Contractor Safety Programs
- FHWA’s “Every Day Counts” Work Zone Initiatives
- State of the Art Roadway Construction Safety Training Programs
- Preventing Falls During Bridge Construction, Inspection and Maintenance
- Rural Road Safety (Unpaved Roads and Flagging)
- Temporary Traffic Control on Unpaved Roads
- “Clear Zones” in Work Zones
- Preventing Motorist Intrusions in Roadway Work Zones
The highlight of the second day is a symposium dedicated to “Preventing Work Zone Intrusions,” which is the continuation of a dialogue that began last year at CONEXPO and is a partnership of industry organizations committed to the cause. ARTBA, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and organized labor are all part of the partnership.
Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the model program being developed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to help contractors lower the risk of intrusions. For example, TxDOT now includes a reserve account in certain contracts that can be used to provide for additional safety equipment if it is deemed necessary by both the contractor and the agency.
Two days chock-full of interactive learning sessions from public and private sector safety leaders, multiple forums to connect with your industry peers, and the opportunity to walk the “World of Asphalt” trade show floor to see innovative
products and services all await you in Charm City!
Register for the free conference at www.workzonesafety.org.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.289.4434 with any questions.
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