Safety Measurement and Reporting Task Force

Written by  John Obr, Construction Division Director, Texas Department of Transportation

I’d like to recognize the members of the Safety Measurement and Reporting Task Force from AGC and TxDOT who developed a revised safety special provision document for incident and injury reporting. The purpose of the document is for TxDOT and contractors to more closely monitor all incidents and injuries that occur as we build the Texas transportation system. With this information, we expand our search for solutions to safety challenges, reduce accidents and incidents, and save lives.

Although we are beefing up the collection of accident and incident data, we do not intend to use incident data for pre-qualification at this time.

The recommendations from the task force for contractors and TxDOT include:

• reporting incidents and injuries by the 20th day of each month,

• submitting data for contractors, subcontractors and third parties (3rd party to be submitted by TxDOT),

• designating Safety Points of Contact for contractors and TxDOT project personnel, and

• ensuring crew leaders, foremen and TxDOT personnel attend safety training programs.

The task force recommends that an injury be defined as an OSHA recordable injury. An incident is defined as any work-related occurrence that caused damage of a value greater than $250 to vehicles and equipment or there was credible risk of injury to employees. Incidents include third-party accidents. Contractors must set up an Electronic Project Records System (EPRS) account to report incidents and injuries by submitting an EPRS User Access Request Form (Form 2451) which is available on the TxDOT website.

We are piloting the implementation of the revised safety reporting document on four projects that started with the April letting. Our hope is to change order the new Specification into several existing contracts. And with more facts, we can identify and correct the causes of incidents and accidents. That is the bottom line.

If you haven’t seen a copy of the revised safety reporting document, please contact one of the AGC or TxDOT representatives of the Safety Measurement and Reporting Task Force. We encourage you to obtain a copy and give us your input.

TxDOT’s mission is to work with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas, and AGC members are among our greatest partners in this effort.

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