Cornell Local Roads Program

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 highway and public works department 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 as well as the communities you serve.

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)

Safety Tailgate Talks

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 Days: How to host a safety training event

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.

Work Zone Packge awards for local agencies

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:

Cornell Local Roads Program Safety Information Categories:

Tailgate Talks from Others:

New York State Government:

Federal Government:

Safety Campaigns:

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