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Safety at Roadworks

Common Hazards and mitigation strategies for Traffic Controllers working on road surfacing sites.

It’s a dangerous place to work. It’s even more dangerous if you’re on the frontline controlling the traffic.

According to the Work Safe Australia report, Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2012, two-thirds of worker fatalities involve vehicles with half of the vehicle-related incidents occurring on public roads.

Traffic controllers are responsible for protecting workers in our industry, yet they too are exposed to many of the same hazards that confront workers directly employed in the application of surfacings.

AAPA, in consultation with the Traffic Management Association of Australia (TMAA), has developed a new on-line safety training resource, Traffic Controllers: Safety at Roadworks.

While there are numerous courses on traffic control planning and implementation, these do not provide knowledge of how the unique requirements of road surfacing can impact traffic control.

The course is intended to raise the awareness of workers to the hazards on sealing and asphalt sites, with the aim of reducing the risk of workers exposing themselves to harmful situations. The course also provides knowledge of the sequence of surfacing operations so that traffic controllers will know what to expect from day one.

AAPA Members are committed to improving safety, and as such will be strongly recommending that traffic controllers on their sites complete this training. To find out more and register go to and click on Training Courses.

Course code: TCS203A

AAPA Members fee: $190

Non-members fee: $220

Level of difficulty: Introductory

Delivery method: Online

Duration: Approximately two hours


To reduce the risk of accidents and injury to people working with or coming into contact with hot bituminous materials, and provide them with the knowledge to respond to an emergency.

This is a safety induction and refresher course for people who work with, or may be exposed to, hot bituminous materials.

The course provides an introduction to bituminous materials commonly used to construct and repair roads in Australia, and advice on how to reduce the risk of incidents or injury when transporting, heating and transferring hot bituminous materials.

This course is a must for anyone who works with, or may come into contact with hot bituminous materials, including work crews, sales and administrative staff who support crews and people administering or supervising contracts.

AAPA Members are committed to improving safety of all who use flexible pavements. To find out more and register go to and click on Training Courses.

2015 AAPA National Workshop Series: Quality

Course code: SHB201B

AAPA Members fee: $190

Non-members fee: $220

Level of difficulty: Introductory

Delivery method: Online

Duration: Approximately two hours


Asphalt benefits made clear with “Asphalt Advantages”

Did you know that asphalt is quick to pave, reducing congestion, waiting time and thus fuel costs for users?

Did you know that noise-reducing asphalt stops noise at its source and saves money?

Did you know that asphalt provides the best visibility during rainy conditions?

And did you know that asphalt containing reclaimed asphalt is cost-effective and just as good as new?

Advantages such as these are now available at the fingertips of decision-makers who are involved in roadway infrastructure through a new user-friendly and educational campaign titled “Asphalt Advantages”.

The campaign has been launched jointly by Eurobitume and the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA).

“Asphalt Advantages” raises awareness about the many benefits of asphalt as a material for all types of pavements.

The campaign is supported by a new website, which acts as the hub for all information and is efficiently categorised into four key themes for easy reference: Sustainability, Comfort, Safety, and Economics.

“The website’s focus is to promote the benefits and value of asphalt pavement to those who use, buy and design roads. The campaign highlights the advantages of asphalt pavements and how asphalt is meeting the challenges of today’s environment and user demands”, said Carsten Karcher, EAPA Director.

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