178603 Traffic control and other problems of big city building construction

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 1:30 PM

Robert Adams, CIH, CSP , Sr. Manager, ENVIRON International Corp., Princeton, NJ
Construction in large cities frequently involves activities that are hampered by the nature of urban congestion. Problems are created when materials must be delivered to the construction work zone via narrow streets clogged with traffic. Heavy construction equipment must be positioned such that sidewalks and traffic lanes are blocked. The movements of materials and equipment create risks to pedestrians and motorists alike. Risks include materials dropping from cranes and buildings, movement of construction equipment into and out of the work zone, and trips and falls from equipment and material stored on the ground. Traffic congestion can create risks to the construction workers, and accidents involving workers and moving vehicles are all too common. In some cases, closures of city streets can impact critical EMS functions due to the restricted access and changing traffic patterns resulting in slower response times. This paper will present an overview of the hazards and risks associated with urban construction and suggestions for how to minimize incidents and accidents and minimize impact to critical urban services.

Learning Objectives:
Identify obstructions to building construction in large cities.

Keywords: Construction Injuries, Motor Vehicles

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I managed the construction division of New York City.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.