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ARTBA Safety Certification Program Reaches Milestone

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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.

 

 

 

ARTBA Foundation’s Women Leaders Awards Nominations Deadline Aug. 3

The Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Awards honor “extraordinary efforts of individuals, companies and public agencies that have demonstrated leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation construction field as well as the promotion of women leaders within the industry.

To submit a nomination, or to find out more about the awards, visit the scholarship & awards section of the ARTBA-TDF website. 

Deadline for Nominations:

Friday, Aug. 3

Contacts:

Senior VP/ Strategic Engagement Allison Klein202.683.1036.
Media Relations Manager Eileen Houlihan  202.683.1019.

Nominations are considered in three categories:

The “Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement AwardNamed after Ethel S. Birchland, who served as ARTBA’s executive director from 1924 to 1928, this award is given to at least one woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and long-term service in the transportation design and construction industry’s public or private sectors. Particular focus is given to the individual’s dedication to the advancement of innovation and other women leaders.

The “Glass Hammer Award”

Given annually to at least one company in the transportation construction industry that has innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders within their organization. Extra credit is given to those firms that also promote women leadership within the associations and community organizations they financially support.

The “Future Industry Spotlight Award”Self-nominations are preferred for this category. The award is given annually to bring national industry attention to two women students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have thus far achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside the academic environment. Candidates may be pursuing a degree in any discipline germane to the business of transportation design and construction.

View a program overview.

Work zone safety… Again!

RMG1aBy Greg Sitek

The following editorial appeared in the June issues of the Associated Construction Publications (ACP)

Work zone safety…  Again! It was only last month that we wrote about the importance of doing everything possible to make work zones safe for both the people who were working there as well as the people who pass through them in the course of moving through their day.

All work zones have hazards and/or risks but construction zones are by far the most hazardous. Safety slogans such as:  “Safety is everyone’s job”, “Safety is Number One” “Everyone home every day”, etc. are good reminders that safety is important and that it must be practiced to the degree that it becomes a part of our DNA, like automatically buckling your seatbelt when you get in your car or take your seat on an airplane

“ During the 2003 to 2007 period, 639 workers were killed while working at road construction sites.  During this same period there were 8,103 deaths in the construction industry.  The 639 worker deaths in road construction represent 7.9% of all deaths in construction.  Nearly half of these fatalities were attributable to a worker being struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment—more frequently by construction equipment than by tractor-trailers, vans, and cars.  In 60 percent of the cases where a worker was struck by backing vehicles or mobile equipment, the worker was fatally struck by a backing dump truck.”

Source: Fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites, 2003-07 

There is nothing more final than death. It leaves in its wake grieving families and friends, unfulfilled dreams, unattained goals, incomplete projects… children cheated by the loss of a parent or parents cheated by the loss of a child. Nothing can change this or make it easier. ARTBA tries to help and has created a foundation to address some of the financial needs that follow some of these tragedies.

ARTBA Foundation Announces College Financial Assistance to Children of Fallen Highway Workers

The children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education thanks to scholarships announced by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).

Students from Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania have been named 2013 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship.”  The program was established in 1999 with a gift from two Roanoke, Va. highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company.

On average, about 100 highway workers are killed every year on the job or in roadway construction work zone accidents. The 2013 class includes

Vybav Hiraesave, Dover, Del.

Vybav’s father, Vasuki Hiraesave, was killed in an accident while working as an employee of the Delaware Department of Transportation in March 2006.  Vybav is a sophomore at the University of Delaware and is majoring in chemical engineering.

Lyndsay Morgan, Daytona Beach, Fla.           

Lyndsay’s father, Steven Morgan, was killed in a November 2011 accident while working on Interstate 75 in Florida.  In the fall, Lyndsay will attend Florida Gulf Coast University and major in athletic training.

Haley Ward, Tell City, Ind.

Haley’s father, Ronald Ward, was killed on the job in 2005 while working maintenance for the Indiana Department of Transportation.  Haley will be attending University of Southern Indiana in the fall and plans to major in biology.

Dallas Jones, Bluffton, Ind.

Dallas’ father, Dale Jones, was killed in a December 2009 accident while working as an employee of the Indiana Department of Transportation.  Dallas attends the Indiana Institute of Technology and is majoring in computer science.

Grant Horn, Whitesburg, Ky.

Grant’s dad, Greg Horn, was killed in 1997 during a drilling accident while working on a state highway construction project.  Grant will attend the Lincoln College of Technology in the fall, majoring in automotive diesel technology.

Alexis Keefe, Wyalusing, Pa.

Alexis’ dad, Bret Keefe, was killed in a car accident in 2001 while working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  She will attend Bentley University in the fall and pursue a business degree.

The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program.  Please share them with ARTBA Scholarship and Awards Manager Holly DiGangi at hdigangi@artba.org.  Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can do so by sending a check payable to: ARTBA-TDF, 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

No, it doesn’t change the tragic facts but it does make it possible to fulfill some otherwise unfulfilled dreams…Don’t just read the signs and repeat the slogans – live them.