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feature Get on the Bus LiUNA looks to keep workers safe and healthy By Nick Fortuna “It’s an all-around great thing, a win-win situation. Safety education has shown to lower accident rates, and the contractors love that because with a lower accident rate, their insurance rates go down, and they’re not paying as much in workers’ compensation.” – John J. Anatone, Tri-Fund field coordinator, LiUNA The LiUNA bus doesn’t drop off workers at their front doors, but it does play a vital role in ensuring that they make it home safely at the end of each work day. The Laborers’ International Union of North America has been taking its bus to worksites across New England since the fall of 2007 in an effort to reach the organization’s 33,000 members in the region. “The goal is to educate workers about the importance of safe work practices and maintaining good health,” said Armand E. Sabitoni, LiUNA’s general secretary/ treasurer and New England regional manager. “Through this mobile outreach initiative, we are able to effectively reach New England Laborers and LiUNA signatory contractors offering education and training initiatives directly to job sites.” A successful joint venture The sparkling blue bus, which measures 42 feet in length and can accommodate more than 30 workers, is a joint venture between the New England Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund and the New England Laborers’ Training Trust Fund. John J. Anatone, LiUNA’s Tri-Fund field coordinator, is one of the presenters on the bus, which has been used to educate more than 1,400 workers during more than six dozen presentations over the last two years. “The contractors love it, and the workers do too,” Anatone said. “It’s an all-around great thing, a win-win situation. Safety education has shown to lower accident rates, and the contractors love that because with a lower accident rate, their insurance 24 / CONNstruction / Summer 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2009

CONNstruction - Summer 2009
Contents
Adapting to Change
The Future will be Lean and Green
Think Regionally, Act Regionally
Demanding Notice and an Opportunity to Be Heard When a State Agency Changes its Rules: A Call for Democracy
U.S. Supreme Court Expands Employee Protection Against Retaliation
ConsensusDOCS™: Dare to Change
Reauthorization of Federal SAFETEA-LU
Get on the Bus: LiUNA
Get on the Bus: LiUNA
Economic Downturn Gives Owners Time for Business Exit Strategy Planning
AGC/CT Annual Meeting
CONNDOT-CAAPA Paving Conference
Senator Lieberman Visit
UCAC’s Spring General Membership Meeting
Local 478 Education Trust Dinner
Index to Advertisers
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