ASSE Webinar Offers Tips on Keeping Highway Construction Workers Safe

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Park Ridge, Illinois – (August 31, 2016) – Working construction continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Performing these jobs on a highway construction site with motorists speeding by on the outside and constantly moving construction equipment moving around these workers makes their job that much tougher.

To share best practices on how employers and safety professionals can help keep these workers safe, the American Society of Safety Engineers is hosting a live webinar called Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 100 workers die each year in construction and maintenance work zones across the country. Transportation incidents accounted for 66 percent of fatal roadway work zone injuries, with 69 percent of these incidents resulting from a pedestrian worker being struck by a vehicle. From 2003 through 2013, Texas ranked as the state with the most worker deaths in work zones (131), followed in rank order by Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana. 

The webinar will focus on the ANSI/ASSE A10.47 standard, which offers best practices to protect the safety and health of workers engaged in construction, utility work or maintenance in highway work zones. This webinar will provide an overview of the standard and discuss a new industry focus on the prevention of work zone intrusions.

Two safety leaders from the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) – Director of Occupational Safety and Health Scott Schneider and Senior Safety and Health Specialist Travis Parsons – will lead the session. LHSFNA is a non-profit fund associated Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), which represents 500,000 primarily construction workers in the U.S. and Canada.

The cost is $115 for ASSE members and $135 for non-members.  Visit https://learn.asse.org/products/work-zone-safety-for-highway-construction#tab-product_tab_overview for more information.

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Founded in 1911, the Park Ridge, Illinois-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 37,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.

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