Cornell Local Roads Program Safety Center
Welcome to the Cornell Local Roads Program Safety Center, your online, one-stop-shop for training material, information, and assistance on all things related to workplace safety. The Cornell Local Roads Program mission statement includes the phrase, "to help improve the quality and safety of roads and streets," which to us, also means helping improve safety for the men and women who build, maintain, and work on local transportation infrastructure across NYS.
The dangerous work performed by local highway and public works departments every day throughout NYS requires constant training and education. The creation of a "culture of safety" in the workplace is important and often times there are many different ways to accomplish the goal of providing quality training and an overall safe environment for your workers.
The Cornell Local Roads Program Safety Center provides a collection of tools and resources that you can use to enhance the safety of your workplace.
Why Should You Care About Safety?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports fatal injuries to workers at road construction sites.
- From 2003-2015, 1,571 workers lost their lives at road construction sites.
- The number of fatal work-related injuries at road construction sites averaged 121 per year.
Distribution of Worker on Foot Fatalities during Daylight Conditions by Roadway Functional Class (FARS, 2013)
Fourteen percent of workers fatally injured in work zones were in the government sector with state and local governments each accounting for about half of government worker deaths at road construction sites from 2003-2015. (Source: CDC)
Tailgate Talks are short, topical discussions supervisors can have with their workers briefly, prior to the start of the workday. For a list of tailgate talks you can use check out the Everyday Safety Tailgate Talks section of the Cornell Local Roads Program Safety Center.
Safety training can be engaging, interactive, and even fun! Learn the steps to hosting effective and enjoyable safety training like the highly popular event known as Safety Days, pioneered in Washington County New York by the Office of the County Safety Officer. Learn more here.
The Cornell Local Roads Program periodically received grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to purchase sets of work zone equipment for distribution at no charge to three highway and public works departments in New York State. All highway and public works departments are eligible to request a package, but priority is given to agencies that have recently lost equipment due to flood, fire, theft, or other unforeseen circumstance.
Applications for 2019 Work Zone Packages Available Here
Safety Resources and Links
Safety Organizations & Associations:
- National Safety Council
- Dig Safely NY
- ATSSA (American Traffic Safety Services Association)
- National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse
- New York State Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH)
- National Fire Protection Association
Cornell Local Roads Program Safety Information Categories:
- Work Zones
- Everyday Safety Tailgate Talks
- Safety Days: How to Host Comprehensive Safety Training Events
Tailgate Talks from Others:
- Connecticut LTAP
- NYSDOT Tailgate Safety Talks
- Harvard Environmental Health and Safety Toolbox Talks
- National Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse Toolbox Talks
- OSHA Topic Listing
New York State Government:
- Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
- New York State Department of Labor Division of Health and Safety
- New York State Department of Transportation Work Zone Safety
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)
- USDOL Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA)
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- National Safety Council