ARTBA: Innovation ‘driving force’ to reduce roadway construction zone accidents
1998: Launching the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. ARTBA and its operating partner, the Texas Transportation Institute, harnessed the power of the Internet early on to provide a centralized information source on “all things” safety and make it available “24/7.” The facility (www.workzonesafety.org) is now the world’s largest online safety resource; handling more than 200,000 requests annually.
1999: Creating the first-of-its-kind “Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” to provide post high-school education to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. The program helped put a public face on the very personal impacts of roadway work zone fatalities and injuries. More than 100 scholarships have been given since its inception.
2002: Forming with the National Safety Council a strategic alliance to create an OSHA 10-Hour course that is focused on the transportation construction industry. In an era when generic OSHA 10-Hour classes are offered to all audiences, ARTBA recognized the need for customized training to meet the unique needs of industry workers.
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