(WASHINGTON)— The world’s largest online resource dedicated to improving safety in roadway construction zones has moved to the next level with the launch of a brand new website, expanded content and a new search function to make it easier for its users to access critical information.
According to federal government data, more than 600 workers and motorists are killed annually in work zone-related accidents, and another 40,000 are injured.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Foundation, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, established the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse in 1998 to address this public health and safety issue.
Today, the Clearinghouse handles more than 200,000 information requests annually and is powered by the dynamic: www.workzonesafety.org. Users will find streamlined search capabilities and quicker access to the Clearinghouse’s vast databases. The new site is also responsive to the device it is being viewed on, such as a mobile phone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer.
The most popular sections of the site, such as flagger information, crash data and training, are found on the homepage. The Clearinghouse also contains accident and crash data, the latest technologies and equipment, best practices, key safety expert contact information, laws and regulations, safety standards, news and research publications, training videos and programs, and public education campaigns. Materials are also available in six languages—Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, and Arabic.
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse is a project of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association – Transportation Development Foundation. Funding is provided though cooperative agreement No. DTFH61-13-H-00022 with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of FHWA.