2300(16-03) - Oklahoma Public and Tribal Transportation Infrastructure Employee Occupational Safety and Health Training and Evaluation – Phase 1

Workplace injuries and fatalities impact personnel, organizations and the general public. Workers are impacted both emotionally and financially by the incident. Organizations are impacted financially in both tangible and in-tangible ways. Co-workers of the personnel injured or killed can also be personally impacted by the incident. The general public is impacted through costs from the insurance industries and tax liability, so emphasizing worker safety, evaluating methods to provide training and the impacts of training are all critical components in developing an effective program to combat these issues. Prior to 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) “Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses” did not include information regarding state and local government workers. Worker safety training programs were also developed based on the incidents identified in private sector data. Research regarding incidents involving public employees has been limited, but recent BLS statistics indicate that “public sector employees experienced a higher incidence rate of work-related injuries and illnesses than their private industry counterparts.” It is apparent that an ongoing program for public worker training addressing tasks specific to those workers is necessary to begin addressing these statistics. This project proposes to continue a program meant to reduce the frequency and severity of public sector highway worker incidents; including those in similar capacities with Tribal Nations. The goal will be to combine both research and implementation to identify areas of emphasis while delivering needed training in which data can be collected for these workers. The objective of the project will be to use a nationally accepted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 Hour Construction Industry curriculum which has been modified to reflect issues faced by public sector highway workers to provide both training and evaluation for continued improvement and performance measurement. Training, data collection and evaluation related to the need and specifics of training, its impact, proposal for future evaluation and evaluation of the program’s performance as identified in the work plan. Specifically, continuing the initiative to bring OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry training to public and tribal sector highway employees while evaluating that training as identified. Ultimately, working towards reducing the number and severity of workplace incidents in highway work zones.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Contract Numbers:


      SPR Implementation 2300(16-03)

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Oklahoma Department of Transportation

      200 NE 21st Street
      Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73105
    • Project Managers:

      Curb, Ron

    • Performing Organizations:

      Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

      School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      207 Engineering South
      Stillwater, OK  United States  74078
    • Principal Investigators:

      Wright, Doug

      Carboneau, Neal

    • Start Date: 20151001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20160930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01578492
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Oklahoma Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: SPRY-0010(64)RS, SPR Implementation 2300(16-03)
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Oct 22 2015 2:57PM