Solving the Work Zone Puzzle: A Coordinated Industry Approach Can Reduce Accidents and Save Lives in Roadway Work ZonesAuthor/Presenter: Sant, Bradley
Because of public pressure, road contractors are required to conduct work in an atmosphere that is not always conducive to the safety of the workers. Recent data trends indicate the primary cause is shifting, with more workers being killed by construction vehicles and equipment than motorists. There is much that is being done to promote work zone safety. We must continue to find new and innovative ways to promote work zone safety, however, if we are truly going to curb the high rate of worker and motorist fatalities in roadway work zone incidents. When all affected parties are able to coordinate a unified approach to safety, contractors will be better equipped to implement optimal work practices that effectively protect workers and motorists simultaneously.