Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries From Vehicles and Equipment


Organization(s): National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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Summary Statement: A comprehensive study of fatalities and injuries in highway workzones and a set of measures that can be taken to reduce them.
April 20001

Table of Contents

Foreword
Public Health Summary
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Worker Fatalities and Injuries in Highway Work Zones
Injury Prevention Measures

  • Work zone layout
  • Use of temporary traffic control devices
  • Motorist education and speed enforcement
  • Flaggers
  • High visibility apparel
  • Illumination of the work zone
  • Developing internal traffic control plans
  • Implementing internal traffic control plans
  • Accountability and coordination at the work site
  • Equipment operation and maintenance
  • Safe equipment operation around workers on foot
  • Training and certification
  • Changes in the contracting process
  • Laboratory and field research needs
  • Data and record keeping

List of Acronyms
Glossary
References
Additional Readings
On-line Resources
Appendix

  • Case Examples of Highway Construction Fatalities
  • Sources for Case Examples
  • Case Descriptions

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