Topics of Interest
Topics of Interest
Worker Safety and Welfare
Maintaining constant awareness of the many potential hazards on the jobsite is difficult even when you are refreshed and focused. Awareness can be nearly impossible to maintain if you are drowsy or distracted. Working while extremely tired and sleepy can be as dangerous as working while intoxicated. As more work is being done at night or during extended weekend shifts, the potential for worker fatigue increases. Fatigue can accumulate over time and continue to desensitize your workers to risks.
This white paper presents available information and guidance on maintaining worker situational awareness with a focus on fatigue and electronic device use.
Electronic Device Distraction
Distractions can also keep you from maintaining risk awareness on the job. Your cell phone or smart device is one of the biggest distracters. While most agencies prohibit use of personal devices while working, more and more equipment and work tasks rely on workers utilizing these devices for job duties. Use of such devices reduces work accuracy and increases reaction times. In fact, someone using one of these devices can actually experience “risk blindness,” where hazards that are normally very visible are not even noticed.
The following are examples of some policies regarding the use of electronic devices on the job.
- Ohio Department of Transportation Policy on Electronic Device Use on the Jobsite (Section XIX)
- Old Castle Materials Electronic Device Policy
- Texas Department of Transportation Policy on Electronic Device Use
- Utah Department of Transportation Policy on Electronic Device Use (Section 7.4)
ALERT & ALIVE
To combat the risks of worker fatigue and distraction due to electronic devices, a new awareness and training initiative has been developed. The theme of this initiative is ALERT & ALIVE. The premise is that, unlike video games, where players can be virtually reborn after being killed, there are no do-overs if an accident occurs at a real-world jobsite.
Tip cards, posters, training videos, and the campaign logos can be accessed below for those agencies and companies that want to use these materials.
Fatigue Risks and Mitigation Strategies
Distraction Risks and Mitigation Strategies
Situational Awareness Training Videos
These videos illustrate how fatigue and distraction affect safety on the jobsite, as well as educate the viewer on ways to mitigate those effects.
- Situational Awareness Training for Managers [Spanish version]
- Situational Awareness Training for Workers [Spanish version]
Minimizing Night Work Hazards
Scheduling transportation construction at night can reduce the impact of restricted travel lanes during rush hour and normal daytime business operations. However, night work has its own set of hazards that must be factored into any work plan. Learn about the unique hazards of night work and how to minimize the work zone risks to motorists and workers. The video Night Work in Work Zones is available for free from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Work Zone Consortium.