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Work Zone Safety Awareness:
V-DOT Work Zone Traffic Control Certification
BY GARY GANDEE, CIRCUIT RIDER #2
EMPLOYEES BEING STRUCK by vehicles or mobile equipment lead to many work zone fatalities and injuries. A work zone activity is
dangerous business. This is not the place to cut corners or cheat on safety. It's your life on the line, so know what it takes to keep you safe.
In Virginia last year, there were 4,068
work zone crashes resulting in 1,857 injuries and 15 fatalities. In 2013, nationwide
(the most recent available data), there were
579 work zone traffic-related fatalities,
28,630 work zone injuries, 105 worker
fatalities and 186 fatal crashes involving
large trucks and buses.
As our highway infrastructure ages,
many transportation agencies are focusing on rebuilding and improving existing
roadways. This means more roadwork is
being performed on roadways that are
open to traffic. At the same time, traffic continues to grow and create more
congestion, particularly in urban areas.
To avoid major queues during peak travel
periods, urban areas are seeing more
night work. The combination of more
work done alongside increasingly heavier
traffic and greater use of night work can
result in increased safety considerations for
highway workers. However, there are regulations and available resources on good
practices that can help workers perform
their jobs safely. For more information on
available resources visit http://www.ops.
The Virginia Department of
Transportation has implemented work
zone traffic control training requirements to meet Federal Regulations on
Work Zone Safety and Mobility as noted
in 23 CFR Part 630J. The Federal Register
mandates that "States shall require that
personnel involved in the development,
design, implementation, operation, inspection and enforcement of work zone related
transportation management and traffic
control be trained, appropriate to the job."
Only persons completing approved work
zone traffic control training courses and
possessing the appropriate
valid and verifiable accrediReferences:
tation card will be allowed
to oversee temporary traffic
control activities within the
Commonwealth of Virginia State Highway
System right of way.
If you would like help with these
requirements, give me a call. I can assist
your agency with Basic Work Zone Safety
Training. This one day course is required
for all persons with duties that include any
of the following maintenance type activities: (a) Direct responsibility for placement
of work zone traffic control devices; (b)
Direct responsibility for field maintenance
of work zone traffic control devices; (c)
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2016
From the President: Strong
From the Executive Director: Do You Need VRWA?
Thanks for the Memories!
Future Operators: Implementing A Career
Claypool Hill: Triumph Over Adversity
Work Zone Safety Awareness: V-DOT Work Zone Traffic Control Certification
Water System Consolidation
Decline of Coal: Economic Effects on Utilities
Effectively Managing Inventory Space and Costs
VRWA Report Card
Planning Reports Funded for Three Rural Water and Waste Projects in Central Virginia
VRWA Members Corner
Throwing My Loop: A Positive Life...
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Spring 2016