Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2018

Summer 2018 61 CAPA NEWS & VIEWS As the construction season is in full swing it is most important we continue to keep our work force safe. There are more distracted drivers daily, either fiddling with their phones or doing a myriad of other things when they should be paying attention to the road. has a number of ideas and training modules available for all to view and use for FREE. One of our industries newest initiatives ‘Smarter Works Zones’ is among a few being promoted by the FHWA Every Day Counts Program. SWZ are work zones that utilize innovative strategies to minimize work zone safety and mobility impacts. In EDC-3, focus is on coordination of construction projects and use of technology applications to dynamically manage work zone impacts. Visit for more tips and information Last year, more than 25,000 people were injured in active road con- struction work zones and more than 700 people were killed. A large percentage injured were road construction workers. Ensuring work- ers go home safely at the end of their shift starts with training. NAPA now offers Internal Traffic Control (ITC) training tools, targeted for workers engaged in some of the most dangerous work zone activi- ties. Partnering with ARTBA, NAPA developed a suite of job-specific training modules. A general education module and a laborers module are currently available. The American Traffic Safety Services Association has just released the NEW Work Zone Safety Application Suite. Developed under the FHWA Work Zone Safety Grant for use on both iOS and Android smart phones and tablets, this FREE app can help you: • Quickly determine both minimum device spacing, and minimum number of devices needed for merging, shifting, shoulder, or flagger operations • Calculate the number of devices you need • Customize your results to incorporate local standards • Learn about and apply best practices for stationary lane closures and short duration operations. • Set up a temporary traffic control area. Tom Clayton The author is the Director of Training and Member Services Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA). He can be reached at With Roadway construction in full swing, it is important our workforce is kept conscience to remain vigilant when it comes to "SAFETY". It is easy to get complacent and work from muscle memory. We need to remember to do all the right things when we are in the work zones. Five Safety Awareness Tips for Asphalt Paving Two paving-related deaths in recent news underscore the need for workers to closely monitor their jobsite surroundings. Here are five quick tips that can be used as a refresher for your crew. Both tragic incidents have us thinking if there was any way these situations could have been avoided. Each year, there are thousands of injuries and triple-digit numbers of fatal accidents related to machine and equipment operation. A lot of these accidents involve the operator, but over half involve people on the ground - spotters, co-workers, laborers, shovel hands, passers-by and sidewalk superintendents who get too close. Here are five tips that you can easily print out and give to your crew. Encourage them to read it daily. You never know when it could save a life. 1. Take Care When Getting On and Off Equipment 2. Don't Let People Crowd the Work Area 3. Overhead/Buried Obstructions 4. Loading/Unloading Equipment 5. Properly Secure Paving Area Silica Rule - With OSHA's new Silica Rule for roadway construction activities now being enforced, companies engaged in roadway construction must be aware of the potential for exposure to silica associated with common roadway construction activities, mitigation strategies and technologies, and reporting, monitoring, and other regulatory obligations. Safety: It Should Be Your Number One Concern!