ARTBA taking applications for safety awards

Does your state’s department of transportation do a good job of promoting safety in roadway work zones? Has your company taken extra measures to make sure employees are trained in work zone safety best practices?

If so, The American Road and Transportation Builders Association wants to hear from you. ARTBA is accepting applications for the 2004 “Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards,” which are sponsored by the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation and the National Safety Council.

The annual awards competition recognizes specific programs, education campaigns, news stories or innovations in technology that demonstrate excellence in promoting safety in roadway construction zones. The awards are divided into four categories: government outreach, private outreach campaigns, worker training and innovations in technology. Some of the categories are also divided into local, state and national subcategories.

The government outreach award identifies public campaigns or safety programs by federal, state or local government agencies to improve roadway work zone safety, while the private outreach campaign award recognizes the efforts of national, state, and local private organizations, including construction and utility companies, that promote safety through education campaigns and training programs. The worker training program, on the other hand, recognizes public or private organizations on the local, state and national level that have increased worker safety in roadway construction zones through specific training programs. The final category, innovations in technology, awards manufacturers of equipment and products that use technology to improve safety for motorists and workers in roadway jobsites.

Nominees for the award do not have to be members or affiliated with ARTBA. The deadline for applications is Sept. 1. The awards will be presented at a reception on Nov. 1 in Baltimore as part of the 2004 Work Zone Conference and Exhibition. To print a copy of the application, click on the link to the right.