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5 Ways to Shake Up Your Safety Training

Safety is always an important topic because it’s always an important part of our lives, especially in construction where exposure to risk is a constant.

“Safety Training Ninja” will be presented on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

Here’s a look at what you can expect, courtesy of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG:

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Safety Training

At 20-years old, Regina McMichael’s husband died after falling off a roof at a jobsite where he was working. That was the day her safety career started. Thirty-three years later she is still laser-focused on making the industry safer by improving the way we teach safety training. Her energy, humor, and engaging style as a speaker and trainer has earned her rave reviews throughout the industry. She recently shared five key ways to change your safety training to make it more effective.

  1. Identify What the Learners Know and What They Need to Know

“The gap between these two areas is what you teach to,” says McMichael. “Nothing more, nothing less.” She teaches trainers to use the ADDIE Model (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) to first analyze and then design training.  “We need to respect our audience and not waste time teaching them things they don’t need to know, like the 29 CFR 19….– they don’t need to know that to be safe,” she says.

  1. Make Training Interactive

It’s time to put away those deadly PowerPoint presentations. McMichael recommends engaging workers with problem-solving activities. “Give them a scenario and ask how would you fix this? It will be much more interesting and fun,” she says. “Have the workers help develop the solutions and train themselves.” Use case studies, group discussion and competition to gain their interest and attention. “Friendly competition makes classes fun and makes things stick,” she says.

  1. Use Multiple Avenues to Train Workers

In construction there are a huge number of small firms without someone in a dedicated safety role. Those tasked with safety training are frequently overworked and can find themselves in a position of having to teach a topic they don’t have any expertise in. McMichael advises firms to use multiple training tools, such as local classes, online training, in-person training, and one-on-one jobsite training with supervisors to help lessen the burden on those in the safety-training role. “There is no one magic solution,” she explains.

  1. Bring Humanity Back to Safety

“If we’re going to be successful, safety training cannot be about compliance,” says McMichael. “We have to let human beings know we care about them and let them know we want them to stay alive.” Jobsite pressures can often result in workers not taking the time to be safe. Employers need to show they value workers by providing them with the knowledge and best practices to ensure they go home to their families.

  1. Support Your Trainers

McMichael believes a commitment to safety and effective training will enable companies to move from compliance-driven checklists to humanity-based solutions. One of McMichael’s classes, Getting a Seat at the C-Suite: What Every Safety Pro Should Know, focuses on how to get management to support safety initiatives. Another, titled Safety Training Ninjas, based on her recently released book, “The Safety Training Ninja” equips trainers with a process to develop effective training, and tools to make it valuable and something people want to learn. Trainers also learn how to develop learning objectives and demonstrate objectives were achieved. People not Policy, is about bringing humanity back to the safety world. All three programs will be offered at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

For free safety training resources and information about McMichael visit www.safetytrainingninja.com or http://www.reginamcmichael.com.

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About CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Held every three years, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the must-attend event for construction industry professionals. The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held March 10-14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on CONEXPO-CON/AGG, visit https://www.conexpoconagg.com.

ARTBA Safety Certification Program Reaches Milestone

Home to the Industry’s Only Internationally-Accredited Safety Program puttingsafetyfirst.org

Bradley Middleton, a safety manager at Drill Tech Drilling and Shoring Inc., of Antioch, Calif., is the 400th industry professional to earn the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) credential, marking a major milestone in the program.

“I am excited to be able to use my training to pass the certification process and hold a Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals,” said Middleton. “The credential serves as a reaffirmation of my dedication to safety, and I hope more and more construction professionals continue to earn it.”

The SCTPP credential continues to gain traction within the transportation construction sector, with professionals from nearly 100 companies and agencies in 37 states and Washington, D.C. passing the exam.

Launched in fall 2016 by top industry executives and safety advocates via the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation, the SCTPP is designed to reduce or ideally eliminate the nearly 50,000 deaths and injuries each year on or near U.S. transportation infrastructure construction projects. It is aimed at workers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, designers, planners, equipment operators, manufacturers, materials suppliers and owners who impact safety–ensuring they know the core competencies necessary to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening on-site risks.

In May 2018, the SCTPP earned the “seal of approval” from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is the only internationally-accredited safety program in the transportation construction industry.

The milestone comes as major transportation construction contractors are calling on their industry peers to commit at least 25 employees annually to earn the SCTPP credential before the end of 2019, in 2020, and beyond. ARTBA Chairman Bob Alger, chairman of The Lane Construction Corporation; Ross Myers, chairman, and CEO of Allan Myers; and David Walls, president, and CEO of Austin Industries, together recently issued the challenge.  Myers and Walls co-chair the commission overseeing the program’s operations.

A complete list of the 415 entries, companies and public agencies with employees who have become “safety certified,” can be found here.

To learn more about the certification exam and eligibility requirements, visit puttingsafetyfirst.org.

The ARTBA Foundation’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ Safety Certification Program (SCTPP) program was established in 2016:

Its vision:

“To ensure the safety and well-being of construction workers, motorists, truck drivers, pedestrians and their families by making transportation project sites worldwide zero-incident zones.”

The program was developed by the senior executives from America’s leading transportation design and construction firms, senior federal and state transportation agency officials, and top labor union officials.

Its mission:

“To make safety top-of-mind for all professionals involved in the planning, design, management, materials delivery and construction of transportation projects from inception through completion.”

This is achieved by providing and encouraging an accredited certification program to the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC 17024) Conformity Assessment—General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons as administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

SCTPP is the transportation construction industry’s only internationally-accredited safety program.

To learn more, watch this video and download our two program brochures.

https://youtu.be/kJ_X5LiYbPU

https://youtu.be/87nSmNJMYF0

 

Getting Started

  1. Read the Candidate HandbookFAQs (test dates, topics, costs, etc.) and eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the application.  You will pay for your exam at the end of the application. If you are eligible, the ARTBA certification department will email you within 15 business days, with an approval of your application and instructions to on how to schedule your exam.
  3. Schedule your exam with a Pearson VUE test center. Find the nearest test center.

Forms:

The Exam & Certification

Candidates must check into a Pearson VUE test center using one form of primary identification with a photo and signature, and a second form of identification.  The name on the ID must match exactly the name submitted on the application.

The following forms are accepted as primary ID:

  • government-issued driver’s license
  • state/national identification card
  • U.S. Passport or alien registration card (green card, permanent resident visa)

The following forms are accepted as secondary ID: any ID on the primary list, Social Security card or credit/bank ATM card (signature required), employer I.D. card.

Score reports shall be issued onsite following completion of the examination. Candidates who fail the exam may request diagnostic feedback regarding their performance on the exam.

Only candidates who are successful in passing the written examination for the certification, meet all criteria for certification, and remain in good standing are considered certified.

Certificates shall be issued generally within 30 days of receipt of examination results.

Renew your credentials by meeting our recertification requirements and submitting documentation to maintain certification every 36 months after your exam date.

 If you have additional questions, please email certificationteam@sctpp.org.

 

 

 

Cemen Tech Expands North American Dealer Network

Cemen TechExpands North American Dealer Network

Major new dealer partnerships in the U.S. open up new territories to high-quality volumetric concrete equipment and expertise.  

Cemen Tech, the global leader in volumetric concrete mixing, has announced agreements with two major construction equipment dealerships in the U.S. to sell and service the company’s full line of volumetric concrete mixing equipment. The new dealers are:

“The demand for direct control over concrete scheduling, quality, and quantity, is growing as more customers understand the practical benefits of volumetric concrete mixing,” says Connor Deering, CEO/President ofCemen Tech. “Each of these new partnerships represents regional demand and a connection to established businesses serving road and bridge construction, transportation, and industrial and commercial construction — all large-scale markets benefiting from volumetric concrete mixing.”

Reynolds-Warren serves Georgia, a state benefiting from increasing levels of infrastructure investment and overall growth. The dealership specializes in asphalt and roadbuilding equipment — a natural fit for Cemen Tech.

“Concrete plays a critical role in Georgia’s growing transportation infrastructure — we see a great opportunity for customers to optimize their concrete operations, especially in maintenance/repair operations and local roadwork,” says Dan Dwyer, vice president, Reynolds-Warren.

 

“Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming each fit the current mold of growing western states with steady construction demand and job growth, and Komatsu Equipment Company serves all major construction markets in the region.

“We see large-scale deployments of this technology benefiting our larger construction, governmental and industrial customers while providing other customers serving more specific markets such as landscaping and utility construction new ways to serve clients and grow their business,” says Joel Cook, Vice-President of Sales, Komatsu Equipment Company.

To find a Cemen Tech dealer, and for more information on the company’s line of volumetric concrete production solutions, visit www.CemenTech.com or www.ACCU-POUR.com.
About Cemen Tech Inc.

Cemen Tech, Inc. has 50 years manufacturing and engineering experience in the volumetric mixing industry.  As the industry leader, the company strives to provide the highest quality concrete mixers to its customers.  Cemen Tech currently operates in over 60 countries, services mixers across the globe, and supplies equipment to the United States military. Cemen Tech believes that people, businesses, and communities around the world should have the infrastructure to access clean water, to transport goods and services, and to reliable housing. Their products provide the foundation and stability to meet the needs of a growing world in an environmentally conscious way. www.CemenTech.com

ARTBA Sends Grassroots Call-To-Acton Memorandum to Members

A bipartisan group of 21 U.S. Senators this week voted unanimously to reauthorize the federal highway and bridge program A YEAR EARLY and with the largest increase in core highway investment IN 15 YEARS.

The Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee July 30 approved “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act” (ATIA), S. 2302, which would set federal highway, bridge and highway safety investment and policy through 2025.

Read ARTBA’s analysis of ATIA for more details.

The magnitude of this first step cannot be overstated, but there is no time for a victory lap. We need to get to work.

Senators are in recess for the remainder of August and should hear from you that you support ATIA and want them to work to ensure the bill moves forward THIS YEAR.  Here’s what you can do:

  • Schedule a face-to-face meeting at the appropriate state office.
  • Invite your senators to your headquarters or job site so they can see first-hand the real-world economic, job creation, quality of life and safety impacts of transportation investment.
  • Send an email or tweet in support of the bill via ARTBA’s Grassroots Advocacy Center.
  • Attend a town hall meeting and ask your senators to permanently fix the Highway Trust Fund and support final action on ATIA this fall.

When you meet with your senators:   

  • Tell them the importance of action now to prevent the cycles of delay and uncertainty that have plagued previous reauthorization bills.
  • Ask them to support the call from EPW Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) to pay for ATIA with highway user fee revenue.
  • Urge them to play a leadership role in final passage of Senate reauthorization bill this fall.

You can also complement these efforts in the Senate by also meeting with your House member:  

  • Encourage them to push their respective party’s leaders to begin advancing their version of a transportation reauthorization bill or infrastructure package this fall.
  • Remind them a user-based, permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund must be the foundation of any final proposal.

ARTBA staff is ready to help with your grassroots efforts. Please contact ARTBA Senior Vice President for Congressional Relations Dean Franks with questions or if you need assistance.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Again Wins Best Construction Podcast, Introduces New Direction and Host – Missy Scherber

Beginning in August 2019, construction business owner and social media influencer Missy Scherber will take the mic as the host of CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio in a new series called “Contractor Conversations.” This announcement comes on the heels of CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio being named Best Construction Podcast by Construction Junkie for the second year in a row.

“Contractor Conversations” will feature in-depth, boots-on-the-ground perspectives about the challenges and opportunities in the construction industry. Scherber will lead discussions with construction company owners and operators and share their success stories, tips to make your business more profitable and whatever else is on their minds.

“After meeting Missy, I knew she was the perfect person to lead CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio in a new direction,” said Nicole Hallada, AEM vice president of marketing and communications. “Her passion, authenticity and willingness to help others resonate with her peers in the construction industry. I’m excited to have Missy kick off this new segment focused on contractor-led discussions about equipment, technology, business challenges and more.”

Owner of T. Scherber Demolition and Excavating, social media influencer and construction professional, Missy Scherber is a passionate advocate for the construction industry. She is an active member of several construction associations and community organizations in the greater-Minneapolis area.

“I am honored to join CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio as their new host,” said Scherber. “I love that the mission focuses on connecting the people, equipment, and technology necessary to advance the construction industry as a whole.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio Breaks All-Time Records

CONEXPO/CON-AGG Radio has claimed the top spot in Construction Junkie’s Best Construction Podcast Competition. The contest broke the all-time record for most votes, signaling the increasing popularity of podcasts.

“In 2018, CONEXPO/CON-AGG Radio shattered the single podcast voting record and in 2019, they did it again, backed by a strong outreach campaign and the support of loyal followers,” said Shane Hedmond of Construction Junkie.

Since its launch in 2016, CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio has welcomed guests from original-equipment- manufacturers (OEMs), tech companies, academia, and leading industry organizations, introducing thousands of listeners to unique perspectives on construction technology and innovations that will change the industry in the next 20 years.

“It’s an honor to win Best Construction Podcast for the second year in a row,” Hallada said. “This award is a testament to the number of contractors who are actively seeking advice and opinions to take their business into construction’s digital future.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio currently airs once a month. Listeners can choose episodes via the CONEXPO-CON/AGG website or through their mobile devices (apps include iTunesiHeartRadioStitcherSpotify and Google Play).

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio is also complemented by AEM’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 industry-trends articles and weekly e-newsletter.

Subscribe to the AEM Industry Advisor for more AEM news and updates.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S., and 149,000 more in Canada. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $188 billion combined to the U.S. and Canadian economies. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019. Learn more about AEM at www.aem.org

About CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Held every three years, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the must-attend event for construction industry professionals. The show features the latest equipment, products, services, and technologies for the construction industry, as well as industry-leading education. The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held March 10-14, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information on CONEXPO-CON/AGG, visit https://www.conexpoconagg.com.