Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries From Vehicles and Equipment

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Summary Statement

A comprehensive study of fatalities and injuries in highway workzones and a set of measures that can be taken to reduce them.
April 20001

Table of Contents

Public Health Summary
Worker Fatalities and Injuries in Highway Work Zones
Injury Prevention Measures

  • Work zone layout
  • Use of temporary traffic control devices
  • Motorist education and speed enforcement
  • Flaggers
  • High visibility apparel
  • Illumination of the work zone
  • Developing internal traffic control plans
  • Implementing internal traffic control plans
  • Accountability and coordination at the work site
  • Equipment operation and maintenance
  • Safe equipment operation around workers on foot
  • Training and certification
  • Changes in the contracting process
  • Laboratory and field research needs
  • Data and record keeping

List of Acronyms
Additional Readings
On-line Resources

  • Case Examples of Highway Construction Fatalities
  • Sources for Case Examples
  • Case Descriptions