Randy Martin, safety director of the Beaver Excavating Company in Canton, and chairman of the OCA Safety Committee, said that typically, 80% of those injured or killed in construction work zone accidents are the traveling public. "We are greatly concerned about the safety and wellbeing of our workers who are exposed to the hazards of live traffic and particularly, distracted drivers during each of their working days. However," Martin added, "most of the injuries and fatalities that do occur on our projects are the traveling public." He said that Ohio's contractors work closely with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to ensure that construction work zones are designed and maintained to the highest safety standards for the protection of both workers and the traveling public.
As the Memorial Day holiday and peak summer travel times draw near, Martin encouraged drivers to remember three, simple, live-saving rules in work zones: "Slow down. Pay attention. Put your phone away!"
Martin also confirmed what contractors and their workers already know: Having positive barriers – including Jersey barriers – between workers and moving traffic can save lives and prevent injuries. Yet the Obama Administration has yet to implement a barrier funding requirement that was included in the most-recent surface transportation law from 2015. "Plastic cones or barrels are no match for a speeding vehicle, and it shouldn't take a needless fatality to figure that out," said Martin. He added that the OCA and its national affiliate organizations are urging the administration to move forward on requiring and funding safety barriers for highway projects as quickly as possible.
Martin also stated that the OCA Safety Committee will continue working in close partnership with ODOT to study, implement and evaluate new and better ways to slow down vehicular traffic and improve safety on Ohio's highway construction projects.
The Ohio Contractors Association is a statewide business and trade organization that supports the heavy-highway and utility industry.
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SOURCE Ohio Contractors Association