These workers face a variety of safety risks, such as falls, electrical, struck-by and caught between. Statistics show more than 100 workers annually were killed in roadway work zones in the last several years, and more than 600 died between 2003 and 2007.
Particular emphasis will be placed on vehicle runovers and backovers, and increased outreach to non-English speaking or limited English speaking workers.
Of the 639 worker deaths in road construction between 2003 and 2007, nearly half were attributable to a worker being struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment -- more frequently by construction equipment than by tractor-trailers, vans, and cars, according to OSHA.In 60 percent of the cases where a worker was struck by backing vehicles or mobile equipment, the worker was fatally struck by a backing dump truck.
The two-year alliance with the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will include the development of fact sheets for paramedics, police officers, truck drivers, and other work zone visitors on the proper personal protective equipment and high visibility apparel to wear. Also included will be instructions on how to enter or exit a work zone during the day and night. Less knowledgeable contractors will receive materials on the appropriate traffic control requirements that apply, especially in short-term/temporary work zones.
In addition to OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, organizations representing more than 1.2 million members and workers will be represented by the alliance. Among the partnering signatories are:
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
- Associated General Contractors of America.
- International Union of Operating Engineers.
- Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America.
- Laborers' International Union of North America.
- LIUNA Education and Training Fund.
- National Asphalt Pavement Association.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
May 17, 2012
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