Events / Meetings

Work Zone Risk Management: Lessons Learned

When: Sep 27, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (ET)

Developed by the ITE Transportation Forensics and Risk Management Council

It has been said that nationally about half of all traffic-related law suits are due to crashes that occur in work zones. Public agencies, consultants, and contractors are faced with significant exposure to risk of such law suits. Better managing this risk can result in safer transportation facilities, fewer deaths and injuries, and reduced exposure to law suits.

Concern about potential liability can affect safety decisions by directing attention to road treatments that are assumed to be helpful to litigation efforts but may have little safety benefit. The inappropriate use of traffic control devices not only diverts safety resources but can increase the traffic crash risk by placing unnecessary fixed obstacles near the roadway.

The webinar will cover:

  • Brief introduction to concepts of risk management and legal liability
  • Role of the MUTCD standards and guidance and their effect on potential liability
  • Potential safety issues in work zone traffic control
  • Practical guidelines for maximizing safety and minimizing liability

Case studies will be used to illustrate issues that may be considered “high risk” in terms of potential liability claims including:

  • Flagging
  • Unprotected hazards
  • “Lying signs”
  • Road or lane closures
  • Intersection temporary traffic control
  • Warnings of stopped or slow traffic
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Oversight and documentation of contractor operations


Robert K. Seyfried, PE, PTOE
Robert K. Seyfried recently retired from the position that he previously held for over 20 years as Director of Transportation Engineering Programs for the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. He continues to teach seminars and workshops in Transportation Engineering for Northwestern University both on-campus in Evanston, Illinois and throughout the United States. He also regularly serves as an instructor in engineering training programs for the National Highway Institute and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Mr. Seyfried has a total of 48 years of experience in transportation engineering.

Herman Hill, PE, PTOE
Herman Hill graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia and 4 other states, a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, and a Senior Member of NAFE. Mr. Hill worked for state and local agencies for 23 years, then in private consulting for past 20 years. He taught various traffic engineering courses in the past. He is a Past President of the Georgia Section of ITE, Past President of Southern Section ITE, Past Chairman District 5 ITE. Mr. Hill is a member of the ITE Transportation Forensics and Risk Management Council and serves on the Regulatory and Warning Signs Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.