A new national worker safety training program from the Associated General Contractors of America aims to reduce the annual death toll among construction workers involved in highway maintenance or construction. About 100 workers are killed in accidents at these sites each year.
AGC’s Highway Worker Safety Program is designed to teach construction crews ways to make highway construction zones safer working environments.
“There isn’t an infrastructure project in this country that’s worth the life of a single construction worker,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC. “This program is designed to make sure that vital road work doesn’t turn fatal.”
The program focuses on teaching ways to control traffic, operate heavy equipment and staff worksites in a way that reduces risk to construction workers. The training is relevant to craft workers, supervisors or anyone else involved in road construction.
Training materials include a two-disc DVD, instructor guide and participant manual. Companies can tailor the materials to their needs. The set costs $50 for AGC members; $75 for non-members.
The training program was co-developed by the AGC and Zurich North America, an insurance-based financial services provider. The two organizations recently developed a similar injury prevention program for construction workers that resulted in a greater than 30 percent reduction in strains, sprains and lower back injuries.
For more information, visit www.agc.org.