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History

Since the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) was founded in 1902, safety has been a key part of the association’s mission and a distinguished hallmark of its leadership on behalf of the U.S. transportation construction industry.

To improve safety for workers, pedestrians and motorists, ARTBA works to build consensus and develop policy. We bring together national leaders to better understand the complex and intricate interaction of safety with all aspects of transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair.

You might think of our safety programs as a three-legged stool: 1) ARTBA’s legislative and regulatory efforts through its membership divisions and councils; 2) ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation (TDF) safety training contracts and alliances; and 3) TDF scholarships, awards and professional development courses.

Below is a timeline of major milestones:

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2017

ARTBA marks the 20th anniversary of managing the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

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2016

Industry leaders and ARTBA-TDF establishes the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) programto make safety top-of-mind for all professionals involved in the planning, design, management, materials delivery and construction of transportation projects from inception through completion.” SCTPP has been designed to meet the rigorous standards for accreditation required by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC 17024) Conformity Assessment.

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2015

ARTBA-TDF opens its online Learning Management Systems through the FHWA Work Zone Training Grants program. This educational portal provides credentialed training on a number of key temporary traffic control and work zone safety topics.

A new “Safe Backing & Spotting” course is launched. It is the first certificate program offered through ARTBA-TDF and educates workers and supervisors on safe backing procedures and standardized backing signals.

Releases a series of eight animated safety training videos, highlighting incidents based on NIOSH reports that explain worker deaths, and providing recommendations to avoid and prevent similar fatalities. Each three-minute animated video can be helpful if watched alone, but is even more effective in group training sessions with a master safety instructor.

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2014

Completes and distributes thousands of new work zone safety guidance documents on topics including: “Clear Zones in Work Zones,” “Hazard Communication—Globally Harmonized Standards,” “Flagging on Low Volume Roadways,” and “Temporary Traffic Control on Low Volume Roads.”

Over 5,000 participants trained during the year through various safety programs, setting a new association record.

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2013

ARTBA-TDF signs three new contracts with OSHA and FHWA to continue safety training and education programs, and fund the operations of the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse).

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2012

Clearinghouse uses cutting-edge technology to power an interactive “virtual conference” featuring “Best Practices in Work Zone Safety” for public officials, contractors and other transportation industry professionals.

ARTBA-TDF begins offering “Preventing Runovers & Backovers” course through OSHA Harwood contract.

ARTBA finishes development and begins offering a new safety video explaining safe flagging practices.

ARTBA and partners renew ground-breaking “Contractor-Labor-Government OSHA Alliance” program to promote safety for roadway construction workers, particularly promoting safety for non-native English speaking workers.

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2011

ARTBA-TDF is awarded a three-year FHWA cooperative agreement to develop work zone safety training courses and products, with a focus on the needs of local/rural roads.

ARTBA-TDF is awarded an OSHA Harwood grant to conduct training on prevention of “runovers” and “backovers” in work zones through use of “Internal Traffic Control” concepts.

Clearinghouse offers “Power Workshop” at International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh.

ARTBA-TDF launches new “Best of the Best” safety academy where leading companies explain to other industry members what they do to obtain excellent safety results.

Through various training initiatives, ARTBA and its partners provide safety training to over 3,500 members of the industry.

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2010

Clearinghouse “Power Workshops” continue at World of Asphalt and International Bridge Conference.

More than 2,000 industry professionals participate in Clearinghouse webinars.

ARTBA develops and begins offering a new safety video on “Avoiding Runovers & Backovers” at roadway construction sites.

FHWA extends ARTBA Clearinghouse contract for additional two years.

ARTBA becomes founding member of the “Highway Safety Partners Venture,” a group of 20+ organizations focused on roadway safety who gathers quarterly to share ideas, coordinate activities and work to promote highway safety.

Through various training initiatives, ARTBA and its partners provide safety training to over 4,000 industry professionals.

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2009

Hundreds participate in Clearinghouse Work Zone Safety Conference, held in conjunction with World of Asphalt in Orlando.

Clearinghouse launches “Power Workshop” at the International Bridge Conference.

ARTBA develops and begins offering a new safety video promoting use of “Personal Protective Equipment.”

Through various training initiatives, ARTBA and its partners provide safety training to over 3,800 industry professionals.

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2008

ARTBA and partners renew ground-breaking “Contractor-Labor-Government OSHA Alliance” program where all sectors of the industry work together to promote safety for roadway construction workers.

More than 500 industry professionals participate in Clearinghouse webinars.

ARTBA asked to represent the transportation construction industry for development of the National Occupational Research Agenda, organized by NIOSH.

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2007

Clearinghouse hosts the National Traffic Management and Work Zone Safety Conference at Intertraffic North America.

Clearinghouse launches new image and marketing campaign including a completely redesigned website: www.workzonesafety.org.

ARTBA and RAI Amsterdam host second Intertraffic North America exhibition in Fort Lauderdale.

ARTBA-TDF expands safety services and staff to begin offering on-site training and auditing services.

ARTBA-TDF and CNA launch contractor safety award program to recognize excellence and industry-leading achievement in construction employee safety and health programs.

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2006

ARTBA-TDF is awarded OSHA Harwood grant to expand “Roadway Safety” program to include Disaster Response and Deployment and Retrieval of Temporary Traffic Control Devices.

ARTBA-TDF is awarded a four-year FHWA cooperative agreement to expand and enhance the services of the Clearinghouse.

ARTBA-TDF is awarded contract from the D.C. DOT to teach Spanish, English, safety, and basic work skills to minority and disadvantaged workers.

ARTBA-TDF and partners are awarded a four-year contract from FHWA to develop and deliver work zone safety training courses.

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2005

ARTBA-TDF unveils “Turning Point: Roadway Work Zone Safety for New Drivers.”

ARTBA hosts Intertraffic North America in Baltimore.

ARTBA hosts Work Zone Safety Conference at Intertraffic North America.

ARTBA-TDF and CNA are awarded another OSHA Harwood grant to conduct training based on industry insurance claim data.

ARTBA-TDF and IRF host “Executive Seminar on Roadway Safety” in Madrid.

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2004

ARTBA and Amsterdam RAI announce partnership to create Intertraffic North America, the continent’s first comprehensive conference and exposition for the transportation construction and traffic management industries.

ARTBA hosts Roadway Work Zone Safety Conference & Exhibition.

Clearinghouse handles more than 80,000 information requests.

ARTBA-TDF and IRF host two “Executive Seminars on Roadway Safety” in Egypt and Argentina.

ARTBA-TDF and CNA are awarded an OSHA Harwood grant to conduct training based on industry insurance claim data.

ARTBA-TDF begins offering customized, on-site safety courses on a range of topics in addition to existing OSHA course offerings.

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2003

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Dominique Dawes is selected as ARTBA spokesperson on work zone safety program for teen drivers, participates in media event for National Work Zone Awareness Week.

ARTBA-TDF, NSC and CNA are awarded OSHA contract to conduct safety training to educate workers and supervisors about roadway work zone hazards.

ARTBA and industry allies formalize alliance to develop awareness training and education programs aimed at improving the health and safety of workers and motorists in roadway construction zones.

ARTBA co-organizes Mid-West Work Zone Safety Conference in Springfield, Illinois.

ARTBA signs a “Work Zone Safety Alliance” agreement with OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, NAPA, LIUNA and IUOE.

ARTBA and IRF launch international training program, “Executive Seminar on Roadway Safety.”

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2002

ARTBA hosts Roadway Work Zone Safety Conference & Exhibition.

ARTBA and its industry allies promote safety education in Spanish and English to train new workers on roadway construction projects under OSHA grant.

ARTBA and NSC begin offering the OSHA 10-Hour accredited training for the roadway construction industry in Spanish.

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2001

ARTBA hosts first International Conference on Work Zone Safety in Saint Louis.

ARTBA launches annual “Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards” with NSC to recognize efforts aimed at promoting work zone safety awareness and developing innovative safety-related technologies.

ARTBA is awarded FHWA contract to develop work zone safety curriculum for teenage drivers.

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2000

ARTBA partners with industry to launch an annual National Work Zone Awareness Week.

ARTBA hosts roadway safety leadership symposium, “A Partnership for Transportation Construction Safety.”

Federal support for Clearinghouse ends and ARTBA-TDF assumes control of facility’s operations, with financial support from private sector safety leaders.

ARTBA unveils OSHA-accredited “10-Hour” safety-training course focused on roadway construction.

ARTBA-TDF awards first two “Highway Worker Memorial Scholarships.”

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1999

ARTBA begins offering training videos that examine roadway work zone dangers and offers advice on how to lower risks.

ARTBA initiates Professional Development Section for safety managers.

ARTBA creates “Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program” to help children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job pursue higher education.

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1998

ARTBA enters strategic alliance with the NSC to jointly develop, promote and implement programs designed to reduce accidents in roadway construction zones.

ARTBA is awarded multi-year contract by federal government to develop/market the Clearinghouse.

ARTBA releases landmark study “The Federal Highway Program & Highway Safety: An Economic Analysis,” the first-ever research to quantify the public health economic benefits of federal highway investment.

ARTBA-TDF begins offering customized, on-site safety courses on a range of topics in addition to existing OSHA course offerings.

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1995

ARTBA secures language in “National Highway System Designation Act,” directing the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to initiate creation of a clearinghouse dedicated to addressing roadway work zone-related accidents.

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1994

ARTBA organizes second National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety in Washington, D.C.

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1993

An ARTBA task force and CNA develop and publish the first comprehensive manual on safety topics tailored to highway construction firms.

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1992

ARTBA works with CNA to develop the first-ever comprehensive business insurance product tailored to highway construction firm needs.

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1985

ARTBA organizes first-ever National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety in Washington, D.C., to initiate a national dialogue and formulate an agenda.

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1979

ARTBA establishes Traffic Safety Industry Division.

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1977

ARTBA establishes Transportation Safety Advisory Council, charged with developing and recommending expanded policies and programs.

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