Highway Construction Demands Workzone Safety

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809

E-mail: info@agcvt.org 


May 1, 2015

Vermont Highway


2015 Year-to-Date: 9

2014 at this time: 11

2013 at this time: 15

2012 at this time: 23

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety






Studies show that 60% to 75% of all traffic crash injuries could have been prevented by using a seat belt!


A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.



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Norman James, Manager

Project RoadSafe






Driving in Reduced Visibility Conditions

Reduced visibility can occur at any time of the year. It can happen in fog, smog, smoke, snow, and rain. It can happen in twilight, darkness and even in bright sunshine.

  The key to safe driving in when you are faced with reduced visibility is to use moderation in judging a safe speed. Drive slow enough to
maintain a safe stopping distance but not so much that you become a risk to other motorists. Many drivers will follow the tail lights of the vehicle in front of them – be aware that driver may not know where they are going.

  If you must pull off the road, pull as far off the road as possible, turn off your lights and turn on your hazard lights. To prevent being
blinded by the bright sunshine, be sure to have a pair of sunglasses in your glove compartment.




Don’t hang out in the No-Zone!

  Side No-Zones: Don’t hang out on either side of trucks or buses. They
have big blind spots on both sides. If you can’t see the driver’s face in his side-view mirror, he can’t see you. If that driver needs to change lanes for any reason, you could be in big trouble.

  Rear No-Zones: Avoid tailgating! Unlike cars, trucks and buses have
huge no-zones directly behind them. The truck or bus driver cannot see your car back there, and you can’t see what’s going on ahead of you. If the truck or bus driver brakes suddenly, you have no place to go.



How much do you know?

A) In highway construction zones, most fatalities happen:

    1] to the vulnerable workers who are standing in the work zone while thousands of cars and trucks speed by, or

    2] to the motorists in the cars and trucks that are speeding by?


B) Most highway construction workers killed when they are:

    1] struck by passing motorists, or

    2] struck by construction vehicles?


(If you guessed {1} for both answers, you are correct.)





Vice President 





Is Your Teen Safe On Our Roads? 

Distracted Driving Kills!”

   Seven teens between the ages of 14 and 19, have been killed on Vermont highways since January 1, 2014. Last year teen highway deaths included
a 14-year old pedestrian, two 17-year old drivers (including one ATV operator), an 18-year old passenger and a 19-year old motorcycle operator. So far this year, Vermont’s roadways have claimed two teens,  a 17-year old driver in Hinesburg and an 18-year old
passenger in Colchester. 

   It is unknown if any of these Vermont teen highway deaths is attributed directly to distracted driving. 

   However, distracted driving has been attributed as a cause of more than half of automobile crashes involving teen drivers, according to
an analysis of crash videos studied by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The foundation said the analysis showed that the new data is four times an earlier estimate that was based on police crash reports.

   According to the foundation, 15% of the crashes nationally were caused by teen drivers interacting with other teen passengers. According
to the study, cell phone use was responsible for 12% of the distracted crashes.

   One of the unsettling problems, according to safety officials, is that young drivers have not had substantial time behind the wheel to
gain experience about managing unsafe situations.

   The study used videos from an in-car system to keep track of driver movements and driving habits.

According to the report, when teen drivers caused rear-end collisions, more than half the time they crashed without braking or attempting
to steer to avoid the collision.

   Teens have the highest crash and auto insurance rates in the nation. In 2013, federal data shows that about 963,000 drivers between the
ages 16 to 19 were involved in crashes. The crashes caused 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths.

   Jonathan Adkins, director of the Governors Highway Safety Association said, “Distracted driving is broader than just texting. In fact,
interacting with passengers led to more distraction-related crashes than cellphone use. This reinforces the need for states to pass better passenger restrictions as part of their graduated driver licensing program, and for parents to limit the teen passengers
that can ride with their new driver, regardless of the law.”



Attitude Drives Behavior



Calls Kill

   The National Safety Council (NSC) has a new campaign to fight cell phone distraction while driving. It is Calls Kill, a program designed
to communicate how hands-free cell phones are not risk-free.

For the safety of your employees and everyone else on the road, offer them these suggestions from the NSC to avoid a ringing cell phone or
an incoming text message while they are driving:


 * Turn off your cell phone, or put it on silent, before driving

 * Toss your cell phone in the trunk or glove box to avoid temptation

 * Preset your navigation system and music playlists before driving

 * Schedule stops to check voice-mails, emails and texts

 * Set special ring tones for important incoming calls, and pull off to a safe place to take them

 * Tell coworkers, family and friends not to call or text you when they know you’re driving

 * Start all conference calls by asking if anyone is driving, and have them call back when they are in a safe location

 * Install an app on your phone that disables it while your vehicle is in motion

 * Ask a passenger to answer incoming calls and say “You’ll call back when not driving”

 * Change your voice-mail greeting to tell people that you may be driving and you’ll call them back when you can safely do so.



Highway Construction Demands Workzone Safety

   Vermont commuters and businesses will be facing several highway construction projects this summer. There will be the potential that many
miles of improvement, repair and reconstruction will put people and equipment in harm’s way. It is no secret that highway construction projects pose hazards for drivers and workers alike.

   The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has reported that according to several studies, highway and street construction
workers are at a significant risk of fatal and serious nonfatal injuries while working and around a street/highway construction jobsite.

   In addition to the risk of injury from passing motor vehicle traffic outside the work zone, according to NIOSH there is an equally hazardous
risk of injury from the movement of construction vehicles and equipment within the work zone. Lane changes, uneven surfaces, stop and go traffic, driver impatience at delays, unpredictable occurrences, and poor night visibility are all factors that make these
zones hazardous.

   One major incentive for caution is the fact that 32 states (including Vermont) and the District of Columbia double the fine for speeding
in a work zone.

   Obviously one of the best safety strategies for a driver is an alternate route. That is especially true for commercial vehicles that are
on a tight time schedule for appointments and deliveries. In Vermont, motorists can access the latest in road conditions and construction projects by linking to



May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Bicycle Safety Month


Beware of Flying Objects – in Your Vehicle!

   We all know that we should keep ourselves and our passengers securely fastened in safety belts, but most of us are not aware that leaving
our “stuff” unsecured is also dangerous. Items such as a briefcase or tablet or cell phone, groceries or gifts, and even unrestrained pets or passengers, can all become airborne missiles in a crash.

   The force of an unsecured object flying through the air is exponential to its weight. So for example, one safety expert estimates that
in a crash at 50 MPH, a 16-ounce bottle of water can strike with the force of 21 pounds; a child can suffer a skull fracture from a flying cell phone. Remember to stow your “stuff” in seat pockets, console, glove compartment, trunk or crash-tested cargo barrier.
In a crash no one has time to duck. 



How much do you know?

A) In highway construction zones, most fatalities happen:

    1] to the vulnerable workers who are standing in the work zone while thousands of cars and trucks speed by, or

    2] to the motorists in the cars and trucks that are speeding by?


B) Most highway construction workers killed when they are:

    1] struck by passing motorists, or

    2] struck by construction vehicles?


(If you guessed {1} for both answers, you are correct.)



National Safety Council of Northern New England

Vermont Summer Safety Retreat

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Camp Ohana on Lake Fairlee

Post Mills, VT

   Now in its fifth year, the Annual Safety Retreat produced by the National Safety Council of Northern New England draws instructors from several occupations and
disciplines for an intense one-day safety retreat at one of the most laid-back rural resorts in Vermont.

   On the shores of Lake Fairlee, in Post Mills, Camp Ohana has been hailed by conference attendees as the perfect location for this safety training day. Industry
safety experts share their vast knowledge in a day-long, 9-session conference retreat.

   Far from the const stress of everyday business, attendees enjoy time with instructors and peers.

For details and registration:

   catherined@shcnne.org, or http://nscnne.org/conferences.html



Attitude Drives Behavior


Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 |
njames@agcvt.org |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries. RoadSafe, produced by The Associated Contractors of Vermont, is an electronic newsletter concerning workplace driver safety. The purpose of RoadSafe is to distribute data, facts, and other materials to help employers create, maintain, and/or improve their workplace driver safety policies and programs. 

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