County Executive John R. Leopold Announces County Highways Bureau Receives Award for Worker Training
Annapolis (August 29, 2007) -County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Highways was recently honored by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association-Transportation Development Foundation with the 2007 Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Award for Local/Municipal Worker Training. The County’s project implemented a plan that mapped out activities in three areas: worker training, public education and enhanced public safety.
Worker training included Roadway Construction Safety Training offered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The public education segment featured seminars, public service announcements, media outreach, posters and other materials for citizens. Enhanced public safety involved a seminar for officers and stepped-up enforcement within targeted work zones.
"Providing the safest environment for our workers and citizens is our number one goal," said County Executive Leopold. "This is the only program in the State that includes other agencies within County government and the general public. It was important to include both segments of our community to provide a safer environment for our employees, motorists, and pedestrians."
The OSHA Roadway Construction Safety Course and the Work Zone Safety Seminar were attended by more than 100 public works personnel, engineer, construction inspectors, law enforcement officers and concerned citizens. Media outreach included a feature in The Capital newspaper, public service messages on the County’s Cable Channel 98 and a feature on the County Cable news program "Week in Review."
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) was established in 1985 as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to support research, education and public awareness. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards programs, a national exhibition on transportation and a facility dedicated to improving safety in roadway construction zone.