The Alabama Road Builder - Fall 2015 - (Page 16)
New ARTBA "Backing & Spotting"
Training Program Helps Prepare for OSHA Regulations
By Brad Sant
Senior Vice President of
Safety and Education, ARTBA
he Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) is preparing federal regulations to address
"back over" hazards in road and bridge
construction work zones. Transportation
contractors and their employees should
prepare to meet the latest requirements.
The new "Safe Backing & Spotting"
training program, developed by the
American Road & Transportation Builders
Association Transportation Development
Foundation (ARTBA-TDF), will help save
lives and money and reduce regulatory
"Backing of trucks and equipment in
the construction industry is one of our
most serious and common problems," said
Steve Hubbard, corporate safety director at Lane Construction Company. "This
problem has been with us for years and
the statistics that I have seen clearly show
us it's not going away."
About half of the more than 120 road
construction and maintenance workers
killed every year on U.S. transportation
infrastructure projects die in "struck by"
or "back over" incidents. OSHA estimates
15,000 workers are also injured annually
in these situations. These are more than
just statistics. Behind every fatality or
injury is a personal story of tragedy and
loss, especially for the victims' families,
friends and co-workers.
Roadway accidents also cost transportation contractors and other employers
a lot of money - more than a half billion dollars annually, according the U.S.
National Institutes of Health. Each death
in the construction industry costs an estimated $4 million in direct and indirect
expenses, while each injury resulting in
lost work days costs $42,000. Work zone
fatalities and accidents also cause reputational damage, which can be a negative
factor when it comes time to secure new
contracts and retain skilled workers.
The first-of-its-kind "Safe Backing &
Spotting" course is specifically designed
for - and aimed to reach - workers, foremen and supervisors on road and bridge
projects. It will help companies protect
their most important asset - their people -
as well as their businesses' bottom line.
This new program is the latest in a broad
series of ARTBA-TDF training developed
over the past 30 years to tackle emerging safety risks unique to transportation
design and construction professionals.
Developed by ARTBA's team of safety
experts, "Safe Backing & Spotting" is
designed to meet the rigorous ANSI/ASTM
E2659 standard for certificate programs -
the most highly regarded specifications
for such curriculum. The program focuses
on helping workers avoid dangerous traffic areas on roadway construction sites,
recognize hazards surrounding equipment and provide clear communication
between drivers/operators and spotters
through the use of standardized signals
The course will be taught by ARTBA's
roster of master safety instructors, who
have literally written the book on work
zone safety training. They have been
developing safety programs for ARTBA
and key federal agencies for more than
a decade and have hundreds of years of
collective transportation and construction
During the four-hour course, crew
members will learn:
* A thorough understanding of spotting
signals and communications between
drivers/operators and spotters - through
this program, ARTBA-TDF introduces
the first set of nationally-standardized
backing hand signals for this industry;
* Recognition of the "sphere of safety" -
the hazards above, below and around
moving equipment - and how to communicate those hazards to workers,
operators and drivers;
* Traffic and pedestrian routing strategies as a result of hands-on training,
classroom activities and a spotting
skills test; and
* How to identify equipment blind spots
and train workers and operators how to
safely navigate congested work areas.
All attendees will receive a certificate of completion from the ARTBA-TDF.
Employers will also receive documentation for their insurance carriers, helping
to potentially reduce cost or hold premiums in check.
"ARTBA has worked extensively with
federal agencies, labor unions and construction organizations to develop more
effective work zone safety," said Leo
Vecellio, chairman and CEO of Vecellio
Group. "This new program is specifically designed for the road construction
industry, helping employers and workers
reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by unsafe backing."
The base fee for the "Safe Backing &
Spotting" course is $3,000 for up to 40
attendees, plus materials costs. For more
information and to schedule a class,
please contact me at email@example.com or
Brad Sant is ARTBA's senior vice president of safety and education.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Alabama Road Builder - Fall 2015
Executive Director's Message
ARBA Convention 2015 Highlights
The Costs of Sound Safety Performance
Senate Passes Long-Term Transportation Bill
Moving Forward With the Northern Beltline
Products and Services Marketplace
Index to Advertiers/Advertisers.com
Heard Along the Highway
The Alabama Road Builder - Fall 2015