A Framework for Improving Roadway Work Zone Safety using Action Research


This study showcases the use of action research to design and implement a methodology to improve roadway work zone safety through three methods: effective warning signage, increasing mental awareness of safe behaviors, and instilling positive safety culture among travelling public and work zone personnel. State DOTs have responsibility for tracking and improving work zone safety, but lack the expertise to design adaptive strategies, such as action research, to make real-time changes. This study provides specific guidance in the creation of an active research methodology and will benefit designers of work zone safety projects by providing concrete linkages between theory and practice. The desired state of work zone safety for the transportation agency is determined through collaboration between the researchers and participants from the transportation agency and using historical data. Two streams of interventions to the current system are implemented simultaneously: improving the warning signage and safety culture change.

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IIE Annual Conference and Expo (2013: May 18-22, San Juan, Puerto Rico)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Accident Prevention; Action Research; Roadway Work Zone Safety; Safety Culture; Design; Exhibitions; Transportation; Adaptive Strategy; Design And Implements; Research Methodologies; Theory And Practice; Transportation Agencies

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Article - Conference proceedings

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