Towards making informed decisions on selecting promising work zone safety treatments

Debnath, Ashim Kumar, Blackman, Ross A., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2014) Towards making informed decisions on selecting promising work zone safety treatments. Road and Transport Research, 23(4), pp. 41-53.

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Abstract

Lack of detailed and accurate safety records on incidents in Australian work zones prevents a thorough understanding of the relevant risks and hazards. Consequently it is difficult to select appropriate treatments for improving the safety of roadworkers and motorists alike. This paper outlines development of a conceptual framework for making informed decisions about safety treatments by:

1) identifying safety issues and hazards in work zones;

2) understanding the attitudes and perceptions of both roadworkers and motorists;

3) reviewing the effectiveness of work zone safety treatments according to existing research, and;

4) incorporating local expert opinion on the feasibility and usefulness of the safety treatments.

Using data collected through semi-structured interviews with roadwork personnel and online surveys of Queensland drivers, critical safety issues were identified. The effectiveness of treatments for addressing the issues was understood through rigorous literature review and consultations with local road authorities. Promising work zone safety treatments include enforcement, portable rumble strips, perceptual measures to imply reduced lane width, automated or remotely-operated traffic lights, end of queue measures, and more visible and meaningful signage.

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ID Code: 83008
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Roadworks, Work zone, Safety treatments, Expert consultation, Speeding
ISSN: 1037-5783
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ARRB Group Ltd
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2015 23:44
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2015 03:32

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