Alabama Struck By Alliance
The Alabama Struck-By Alliance has far reaching goals, from
making employees aware of the hazards in their working
environment; to training OSHAs compliance officers to
understand MUTCD; to working with contractors to make their
jobsites a safer place for employees to work; and to making
drivers education students and motorists aware of the dangers
involved in roadway work zones.
The Alliance strives to make construction
employees, and motorists, aware of the hazards
involved in roadway work zones in Alabama.
History of the Alabama
Struck By Alliance
AlabamaAGC is signatory to the
Alabama Struck-By Alliance with OSHA along with several
other associations in an attempt to address the serious issue of
struck-by fatalities in work zones. An alliance is a
special OSHA program that allows industry to collaborate with
OSHA in a non-enforcement arena. Alliance goals include training
and education, outreach and communication and the promotion of a
national dialogue on workplace safety and health.
Since 2001, the Alliance has grown to include the following entities:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA -Alabama Offices)
Alabama - Associated General
Contractors of America, Inc.
Alabama Road Builders
Safe State of Alabama
Alabama Department of
The Federal Highway
Administration Alabama Division
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Alabama T-2 Center - Auburn
Alabama Power Company
Alabama Asphalt Association
Alabama Associated Building Contractors
Mobile Gas - A Sempra Company
The Alabama Struck-By Alliance began in 2001 when Paul
Weaver, President of H.O. Weaver & Sons, Inc. in Mobile, was
discussing a fatal struck-by accident with the Mobile OSHA Area
Director, Lana Graves. She suggested he contact the local trade
associations he was involved with to form an Alliance, which
could provide desperately needed struck-by training to
contractors statewide. Weaver, a Past President of Alabama Road
Builders Association and a member of AlabamaAGC began talking
with these groups. The group immediately grew to include
SafeState of Alabama, ALDOT, and 3M Corp.
The newly formed Alliance worked together and soon developed a
training seminar which could be utilized across the state to
educate hundreds of contractors and ALDOT employees. The
training seminar included presentations which addressed several
areas of concern.
OSHA discussed fatality data for Struck-By accidents and
therefore the need for training;
AlabamaAGC presented training on traffic control
ALDOT discussed the implementation of MUTCD
Safe State of Alabama discussed their free consultation
services and the need for
training in and out of the work zone;
3M discussed ANSI Standard 107-1999 and the need for
Nine separate seminars were held throughout the state with the
final seminar, video taped by Alabama Technology Center at
Auburn University. Alabama Technology Center then produced CDs
for the Alliance members to distribute to their memberships and
other interested parties.
In 2004, Lamar Advertising joined the Alliance. During Work
Zone Awareness Week Lamar provided Billboards around the
State boasting the slogan Slow Down Moms and Dads Work
Here. Over 55 Billboards were posted with an estimated
62,892,000 viewers over a three month period.
In 2005, the Alliance
continued ongoing projects and engaged in new activities.
Alliance member AlabamaT2 Center
trained ALDOT workers in the correct implementation of the MUTCD
Alliance members, AlabamaT2
Center and 3M, are working together in an effort to create a
Hazard Assessment Document which can be used by Contractors to
help assess the hazards on their jobsites.
During 2005, Alliance contractor members
participated in a "Wear Test on Retro-reflective
which was conducted by 3M.
Alliance Members participated in the first
Alabama - Federal Highway Summit.
Alliance members supported
"National Work Zone Safety Week" in 2005 and 2006 by
assimilating information to contractors and others statewide.
The Alliance created a safety brochure which was distributed
throughout the State. Members of the committee also participated
in several local and statewide TV outreach efforts during the
Since 2005, the Alliance
has participated in National Work Zone Safety Week. Each
year Lamar Advertising has donated the artwork and billboards to
have a safety message posted on our highways throughout Alabama.
Post Hurricane Efforts:
One of the most significant safety
challenges that the devastation of Hurricane Katrina brought
to the gulf coast has been the increase in workers exposed to
"Struck-By" hazards. Thankfully, the Struck By alliance
members were ready and willing to assist by donating PPE and
coordinating worker training; including a successful
Construction Safety Conference. The alliance also created and
placed a safety message on a billboard off Interstate-10 at
the Alabama/Mississippi border; reminding drivers to drive
safety during the rebuilding.
In response to the Alliance's
interest in highway work zone safety, Alliance member AlabamaT2
has applied for a grant which will allow them to identify
commonalities between the interaction between construction
workers in highway work zones and the motoring public in
This spring, Alliance members
were instrumental in initiating a free Construction Safety
Conference which focused on the needs of workers engaged in
post hurricane construction.
Through grants provided to
Georgia Tech and Construction Safety Council, the
Alliance has been able to help host and advertise additional
free safety training for workers engaged in post-hurricane
construction along the Coast.
Alabama Power Co. and PESCA joined the
In 2008, the Alliance participants
developed a DVD on work zone safety that is shown at rest areas
throughout Alabama. The DVD features information on work zone
hazards, the Alabama Struck-By Alliance, Alabamas efforts to
reduce injuries in work zones, and data on work zone accidents.
The DVD also highlights the impact of work zone accidents on
employees, their families, and drivers. A copy of the DVD was
provided to the Georgia Struck-By Alliance to assist efforts to
reduce work zone accidents in Georgia.
Lamar Outdoor Advertising has provided billboards throughout
Alabama since 2005 featuring work zone safety messages. More
than 300,000 people a day viewed these billboards during the
2008 National Work Zone Awareness Week in April 2008. In
addition, the Alabama Power Company and other Alliance
participants supported the 2008 National Work Zone Awareness
Week by providing litter bags with work zone safety tips at rest
areas through Alabama.
Alliance participants also continued to provide training on work
zone safety. For example, Alliance participants worked with the
Construction Safety Council to present three Manual on Uniform
Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) training courses to an estimated
90 employers and employees in 2008. The Alliance has provided
work zone safety training for 249 students (as of November
Alabama Asphalt Association joined the
Alliance in October of 2008.
National Work Zone
Safety Week - April
6th - 10th
Billboards were posted
by Lamar Advertisingthroughout the state encouraging motorists to
"Put down the Phone" while driving through Work Zones.
following companies joined the
Alliance in 2009:
National Work Zone Safety Week
- April 19th-23rd, 2010
To view the National Pubic Service
are being encouraged to
Drive without Distractions!!!
"Work Zones Need Our Undivided
information on Work Zone Safety:
Appreciation is extended to those
firms who participated in
Work Zone Safety Awareness Week - April 23-27, 2012
The topic was Distracted
Over 13,000 employees participated in our
Work Zone Awareness Safety Stand Down
It's not too late to make an impact:
Download the Presentation in a PDF format
to use in your next Tool Box Safety Talk.
Appreciation is extended to
Lamar Advertising for providing
Billboards throughout the state.
The video in the link below has been
making the rounds on the internet.
The video was supposedly taken by a State
Troopers dash camera.
Allegedly, during the investigation, an
unsent text message
was found on the drivers phone.
The video only
takes a few seconds to view; but it is worth viewing.