Highway Work Zone Safety Audits at the Construction StageAuthor/Presenter: Shi, Jonathan; Li, Zongzhi; Snyder, Mark
The nation’s highways are in need of extensive maintenance and reconstruction work. High traffic demand requires state and local transportation agencies to consider practical strategies for minimizing a work zone’s impacts on the traveling public and construction workers. Work zone safety audit is a proactive tool to serve the purpose. This paper presents the guidelines for highway work zone safety audits at the construction stage. After a brief description of the key features of work zone safety audit,
an eight-step audit process is presented. Then, the article focuses on the five key audit tasks which are performed in the audit process including pre-audit reviews, audit meetings, audit field inspections, audit analysis and audit recommendations. Finally, a case study is introduced to show the proposed guidelines.