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Groups Sign On to ARTBA Workzone Safety Agreement

Tue November 25, 2003 - National Edition

Improving the health and safety of both workers and motorists in roadway construction zones are key objectives of a new alliance among the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and its construction industry allies, organized labor and the federal government announced Nov. 18 in Washington, DC.

Through the alliance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition — which includes ARTBA, the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) — will develop hazard awareness training and education programs aimed at training workers, educating the roadway construction industry, and reaching ut to non-English construction workers about safe practices in roadway work zones.

Alliance members also will share research findings with the construction industry so that the interventions and best practices described in training and outreach activities are based upon the most accurate scientific data.

“ARTBA and its members from the public and private sectors feel strongly they have a moral obligation to protect the safety of workers and motoring public in roadway construction zones,” 2003 ARTBA Chairman Tom Hill said. “That’s why the association has a long-standing relationship working with the federal government and labor groups to develop an array of educational initiatives and training programs aimed at improving safety on America’s highways and in road construction zones. The alliance announced formally November 18 has, in many ways, already been in practice for more than 20 years.”

“This Alliance bolsters our efforts to protect the health and safety of workers in roadway work zones,” said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. “Together, we create the synergy to focus more effectively on workzone safety and health issues on a national level and develop innovative solutions for reducing injuries and fatalities.”