Towards improving safety performance of transportation maintenance workers through a pre-task safety talk program

Zamaan Al-Shabbani, Roy Sturgill, Gabriel Dadi

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Abstract

Construction workers are more prone to safety hazards compared with workers of other industries according to reports of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and transportation maintenance workers are no exception. The nature of the work for this unique audience exposes them to different hazardous conditions, which increases the probability of injuries. As part of a project to improve safety performance for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) maintenance workers, this study outlines the development of a pre-task safety talk program. By analyzing safety recordable incidents claims of KYTC maintenance employees for a 10-year period between 2005 and 2015, the top leading reasons for claims were determined. The results show 12 leading reasons that were repetitive among 10 typical operations for KYTC maintenance workers. Because the majority of the accidents could be avoided if some safety precautions were followed, specific safety practices are suggested according to the nature of the operation and the identified leading reasons. A final product of this project is a pre-task safety tool that workers can use before starting any of their typical work operations. This study identifies the leading reasons behind work-related incidents in highway maintenance and the sizable gap in safety measures targeting this unique sector of the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2018
Subtitle of host publicationSafety and Disaster Management - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018
EditorsChristofer Harper, Yongcheol Lee, Rebecca Harris, Charles Berryman, Chao Wang
Pages624-634
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784481288
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
EventConstruction Research Congress 2018: Safety and Disaster Management, CRC 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Apr 2 2018Apr 4 2018

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2018: Safety and Disaster Management - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018
Volume2018-April

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2018: Safety and Disaster Management, CRC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period4/2/184/4/18

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to acknowledge the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky Transportation Center for funding this effort. In addition, the study advisory committee members of KYSPR 15-508 provided valuable support and guidance through the research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 ASCE.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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