The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) June 7 honored several public and private organizations for their commitment to road construction zone safety. Winners of the 13th annual “Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards” were announced at ARTBA’s “Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Power Workshop” held during the International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The competition recognizes outstanding programs that are aimed at helping reduce roadway work zone accidents, injuries and fatalities. Awards were presented in these categories:
National/Regional Outreach Programs
Recognizes efforts of organizations, such as construction companies, utility companies, transportation agencies or trade associations that promote roadway work zone safety through implementation of employee and/or public education campaigns and training programs.
National: CH2M HILL
“Work Zone Safety—Driving to Zero” Campaign
CH2M HILL launched “Work Zone Safety — Driving to Zero” in conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week to help reduce job site accidents, injuries and fatalities. The campaign included the creation and distribution of a resource toolkit, hosting the American Traffic Safety Services National Work Zone Memorial with the Texas and Virginia Departments of Transportation and a children’s work zone safety activity book.
Regional: Transurban-Fluor, AAA Mid-Atlantic
“Orange Cones. No Phones.” Campaign
Transurban-Fluor partnered with AAA Mid-Atlantic to develop and implement a comprehensive communications program to inform drivers about the risks of distracted driving along a 14-mi. stretch of the Interstate 495/Capital Beltway High Occupancy Toll lane construction area. The team conducted a media relations campaign, presented information at high school assemblies, created e-toolkits and published advertising materials featuring the “Orange Cones. No Phones” slogan.
National/Regional Training Program
Recognizes programs that promote worker safety on the job site.
National: The LANE Construction Corporation
“Safe Trailer Towing Operations for Non-Commercial Vehicles”
Connecticut-headquartered Lane Construction Corporation produced a “Safe Trailer Towing Operations for Non-Commercial Vehicles” training video specifically for employees involved in the use of various towable trailers within the confines of work zones. The video addresses proper use, selection and inspection of various types of trailer hitch connection systems, inspecting damaged equipment, safe transporting of trailers on public roadways, hazard awareness for personnel and interaction with the traveling public.
Regional: Flatiron Construction Corp.
“Protecting Work Zones Committee”
The Protecting Work Zones Committee is a collaborative group at Flatiron that is committed to providing employees with best practices for protection in work zones using videos, posters and handouts. The group created a hazard awareness campaign and conducted regional training to raise employee awareness and implement standardized traffic control methods.