Contractors Sign Alliance with OSHA to Protect Highway Workers

Staff | September 28, 2010

Washington, D.C.— As part of the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) signed an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to establish a collaborative relationship to protect workers in highway work zones.

"Protecting our workers is always a top priority," said AGC COO David Lukens at an event at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. "This new alliance reinforces our commitment to the safety of our men and women working to improve the nation's highway infrastructure."

OSHA, NIOSH, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will work to provide the alliance program participants and other government and non-government organizations with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees from general health and safety hazards. The program is aimed at reducing and preventing exposures to roadway work zone safety and health hazards. The alliance will focus on flagger safety, safer deployment of traffic control devices, positive protection, night work, reduction of speeding in work zones, and runovers/backovers.

The alliance partners will work together to provide expertise to develop training and education programs on work zone safety targeted to Spanish-speaking and other vulnerable highway construction workers and develop specific workplace safety and health curricula on roadway work zone safety and health hazards.