The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will continue to provide highway work zone safety training classes in 2016, funded by a new federal safety grant the association earned. AGC will use the $120,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer the safety training classes designed to prevent injuries among highway, street and bridge construction workers, officials said.
“No amount of safety gear will protect a worker if they get hit by a speeding vehicle,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC CEO. “The best defense from crashes is teaching crews how to set up and operate safer work zones”
According to the latest federal safety data, from 2003—2010, 962 workers were killed at road construction sites between 2003 and 2010. Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the association earlier this year found that 50 percent of contractors had vehicles crash into their work zones during the past year.
The program will provide comprehensive information about proper set up of highway work zones, flagger safety and heavy equipment management, Sandherr said.
In addition to the highway work zone program, AGC offers safety programs and materials that many member construction firms currently use on areas such as fall protection, crane safety and safety program management. The association offers educational materials to member firms as well as online and in-seat safety training programs.