Strategies to Improve Safe Behaviors of Highway Construction Workers

Safety and well-being of the workforce remain an ever-present challenge and critical to meeting state departments of transportation (DOTs), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) missions to promote and apply safe work behaviors. Despite significant efforts, the highway construction and maintenance sector has consistently reported magnitude higher recordable injury rates than most other occupational sectors. One of the practices that have been shown to be effective in curbing the frequency and severity of incidents in the construction industry is applying incentive programs that have focused on improving the reporting culture of unsafe conditions as well as supporting continual learning. Incentive safety programs have the capacity to reinforce positive behavior and discourage risky decisions through negative consequences. The intended outcome of this study is to produce guidance on the critical evaluation of safety incentive programs within state DOTs. The guidance will also identify critical success factors, opportunities and challenges, and strategies for implementing safety incentives and disincentive programs to mitigate the risk of accidents for highway construction and maintenance workers.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $210481
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Mid-America Transportation Center

      University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Kansas, Lawrence

      1530 West 15th Street
      Lawrence, KS  United States  66045
    • Principal Investigators:

      Tran, Daniel

    • Start Date: 20230601
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01908386
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348307
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Feb 19 2024 4:25PM