OSHA recently renewed its alliance with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners to protect roadway construction workers from injuries, illness, and fatalities while on the job.
Initiated in 2007, the alliance promotes safety culture in the roadway construction industry. The alliance aims to prevent workplace incidents by reducing exposure to run-over/ back-over hazards, excessive noise, sprains, strains, and illnesses related to silica. Since 2007, the alliance has conducted case studies on worker fatalities in roadway construction zones, created infographics on the causes of these fatalities, and helped develop training material to help prevent falls and other safety hazards works face in the construction industry.
OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor said, “Employees who work in highway construction work zones face serious dangers, not only from construction equipment but from motorists as well. I am confident that the information and resources generated from this renewed alliance will prove beneficial in reducing worker injuries and fatalities.”
The Alliance Program allows OSHA to work with different professional and community based organizations to promote safety culture and prevent workplace injuries, illness, and death. The purpose of the Alliance Program is to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities and does not exempt members from OSHA enforcements.
For more information on OSHA or the Alliance Program, visit, www.OSHA.gov