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ARTBA Announces: 59 New Transportation Project Professionals Earn ANSI-Accredited Safety Credential –Program Hits 360 “Safety Certified” Mark

Fifty-nine professionals from 21 companies or agencies representing 17 states have earned the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) credential over the past four months, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation said today.

Since its launch in late 2016, 360 individuals from 83 companies representing 37 states and the District of Columbia have earned the prestigious credential, which is valid for three years.

The program was launched with the aim to significantly reduce—or ideally eliminate—the 700 motorist and worker fatalities, and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around U.S. transportation project sites. It is targeted at significantly elevating safety awareness among the thousands of non-safety professionals in the industry—planners, designers, owners, field supervisors and inspectors—who are in decision-making roles from project conception through completion.

It was designed to bring thousands of more “eyes” to the task of identifying and mitigating potential hazards for workers and motorists commonly found in transportation work zones—skills identified through the certification.

In May 2018, the program earned the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024:2012 international standard.

The latest list of “Safety Certified Transportation Project Professionals” includes:

  • Joel Anderson, project manager, Lunda Construction Company, Hilbert, Wis.
  • Stephen Anderson, safety manager, Bancker Construction, Carle Place, N.Y.
  • Joshua Andrews, HSE professional, Allan Myers, Port Deposit, Md.
  • Edmundo Armendariz, international SH&E manager, HDR, Omaha, Neb.
  • Candido Bocanegra, construction project engineer, TXDOT, San Benito, Texas
  • Jared Browder, supervisor, TXDOT, Stephenville, Texas
  • Michael Carroll, project manager, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • William Clawson, safety specialist, TXDOT, Austin, Texas
  • Kenny Cuevas, safety officer, TXDOT, Bryan, Texas
  • Trey Curtis, area manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
  • Nicholas DeAlba, HSE professional, Allan Myers, Phoenixville, Pa.
  • Ricardo Diaz, health & safety manager, Wright Brothers Construction Co., Inc., Riceville, Tenn.
  • John Dowdell, risk manager, The Walker Company, Mount Sterling, Ky.
  • Jason Dupree, director of maintenance, TXDOT, Atlanta, Texas
  • Aaron Dziuk, construction inspector, TXDOT, New Braunfels, Texas
  • John Ferguson, safety officer, TXDOT, Live Oak, Texas
  • Steven Fitter, safety coordinator, Crossland Construction Company Inc., Jenks, Okla.
  • Jesse Flake, general transportation tech III, TXDOT, Buffalo, Texas
  • Rene Garza, construction manager/senior resident engineer, TXDOT, Pharr, Texas
  • Jorge Garza, safety officer, TXDOT, San Antonio, Texas
  • Jared Groves, assistant area engineer, TXDOT, Munday, Texas
  • Fred Guiliano, safety officer, TXDOT, San Angelo, Texas
  • Melissa Hatton, engineering tech, TXDOT, Bryan, Texas
  • Joshua Hebert, construction inspector VI, TXDOT, Austin, Texas
  • Matthew Herbstritt, area engineer, TXDOT, Childress, Texas
  • William Herz, inspector II, AECOM, Birdsboro, Pa.
  • Michael Hines, safety officer, TXDOT, Abilene, Texas
  • Chris Houghton, transportation specialist, TXDOT, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Eric Hulme, director of safety, AWP, Inc., North Canton, Ohio
  • Jack Hutchens, area safety manager, Lane Construction, Manassas, Va.
  • Raymond Jaenicke, general transportation tech III, TXDOT, Madisonville, Texas
  • Stephen Kasberg, area engineer, TXDOT, Gatesville, Texas
  • Evan Larkin, HSE technician, Allan Myers, King of Prussia, Pa.
  • Christopher LaRocca, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, North Chesterfield, Va.
  • Kevin Lassiter, safety officer, TXDOT, San Angelo, Texas
  • Aaron Lease, HSE professional, Allan Myers, New Castle, Del.
  • Phillip LeBlanc, field engineer, Barriere Construction Company, LLC, Boutte, La.
  • Johnny Limbaugh, director of design-build, Wright Construction Group, Inc., Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Brian Link, project manager, Michael Baker International, Hershey, Pa.
  • Michael Machacek, senior project manager, TXDOT, Austin, Texas
  • Timothy Mask, safety officer, TXDOT, Mesquite, Texas
  • Scotty Massingill, supervisor, TXDOT, Hamilton, Texas
  • Stacey Meeks, safety manager, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc., Hernando, Fla.
  • Marcus Navetta, senior project manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
  • Jeffrey Parisi, president, Parisi Construction Co., Inc., Verona, Wis.
  • Rodney Persall, transportation specialist, TXDOT, Mason, Texas
  • Magdalena Quintanilla, safety officer, TXDOT, Pharr, Texas
  • Jeffrey Raymond, superintendent, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
  • Michael Rebstock, project manager, Barriere Construction, LLC, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Michael Seal, superintendent, Barriere Construction Company, LLC, Franklinton, La.
  • Hector Siller, construction project engineer, TXDOT, Pharr, Texas
  • Josh Simonson, construction manager, Lunda Construction Co., Black River Falls, Wis.
  • Jesse Sisco, area engineer, TXDOT, Lufkin, Texas
  • Terry Smith, safety manager, Sundt, Wynne, Ariz.
  • Mark Smith, safety officer, TXDOT, Tyler, Texas
  • John Stawinsky, assistant project manager, Superior Construction Co. Southeast, LLC., St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Brandon Trenter, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Dagsboro, Del.
  • Rebecca Wells, traffic discipline manager, TXDOT, Atlanta, Texas
  • Phillip Yrjanson, safety coordinator, DLZ Industrial, LLC, Fort Wayne, Ind.

The SCTPP exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions that probe knowledge in: assessing project risks; creating project safety plans; implementing and conducting ongoing evaluation of a site-specific operational safety plan; and conducting incident investigations.

Additional information about the program can be found at www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.

The SCTPP program is a signature initiative of the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity established in 1985 to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment.

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CSDA Opens Registration for Fall Training and Certification Classes

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) has opened registration for its Fall training and certification. The packed schedule features six 101 and 201 courses, as well as a GPR certification! Attendees can expect hands-on and classroom-style learning from one of the most respected and knowledgeable veterans of the industry, Rick Norland.

CSDA has scheduled a series of comprehensive introductory programs geared toward anyone wishing to begin or expand their knowledge of cutting disciplines that will take place in Portland, Oregon, at the ICS Training Facility. They are followed by a series of advanced Operator Certifications designed for experienced operators looking to gain proficiency in sawing and drilling techniques and those classes will be held in sunny Clearwater, Florida, at St. Petersburg College. The schedule is as follows:

Date                                   Course                                                                          Location

Oct. 14-15, 2019               Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 101                                  Portland, Oregon

Oct. 16-17, 2019               Wall & Hand Sawing 101                                               Portland, Oregon

Oct. 18, 2019                    Wire Sawing 101                                                              Portland, Oregon

Nov. 8-9, 2019                 GPR Certification                                                            Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 11-12, 2019              Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 201                                  Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 13-14, 2019              Wall & Hand Sawing 201                                               Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 15, 2019                   Wire Sawing 201                                                               Clearwater, Florida

As part of its Train More Save More program, the association offers large discounts to companies that send multiple operators to sawing and drilling classes. CSDA also has an online training website consisting of 27 classes available via www.csdatraining.com.

“Since its launch in 1995, the CSDA Training Program has had over 9,000 graduates and over the past couple of years, we have seen course participation grow across the board. An increasing number of companies are once again feeling financially confident enough to invest in industry training, which not only improves efficiency, safety, and productivity but raises the professionalism of the whole industry,” says CSDA Lead Instructor Rick Norland.

The association has hands-on, classroom and online classes for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training. To find registration details and other important information about these classes, visit www.csda.org/training.

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The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting, and polishing offers the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.

 

ARTBA Reports: Transportation Spending Measure Advances in House

The House Appropriations Committee June 4 advanced a $137.1 billion FY 2020 spending bill covering transportation and housing. The bill would provide $86.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), a slight increase over current funding levels.

The measure was approved in a 29-21 vote, mostly along party lines. The Trump administration had requested an $11 billion reduction in spending. A comparison of this bill to the previous year’s spending levels on highway, transit, and aviation construction programs can be viewed below.

A bipartisan duo, Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), tried and failed to strike three riders that Womack said would “place an unacceptable burden on the trucking industry.” One would prevent U.S. DOT from establishing uniform hours of service rules for truckers, another would require U.S. DOT to publish trucking company safety violations, and the third would prohibit changes to the 30-minute rest break rule. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) also offered an amendment unsuccessfully that would remove a provision from the bill preventing U.S. DOT from taking back funds from California’s high-speed rail project.

House Democrats say they will put a roughly $1 trillion package of five unrelated annual spending bills on the floor next week. The remaining bills, including the transportation measure, are likely to be considered by the full House later this month. Republicans say the appropriations bills should not move forward until the House, Senate and White House agree on top-line spending levels for FY 2020, the approach the Senate has thus far taken.

ARTBA will continue advocating for FAST Act authorized funding levels and increased General Fund spending as this process moves forward.

AEM: Photos Tell the Stories of Equipment Manufacturing Workers

Photos were taken by documentary photographer Brad Romano were unveiled today by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). More than 150 photos were collected as part of an ongoing effort to help tell the story of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry. The photos were taken in April of this year at AGCO Corporation (Jackson, MN), Komatsu (Peoria, IL), Superior Industries (Morris, MN), Vermeer Corporation (Pella, IA), Weiler (Knoxville, IA), and Woods Equipment (Oregon, IL).
The first batch of photos, two dozen in total, are featured on I Make America’s website (AEM’s national grassroots campaign) and on I Make America’s new Instagram account. I Make America is made up of 50,000 supporters from across the country who advocate for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America’s equipment manufacturers compete globally.
“A picture is worth a thousand words, and these photos will help tell the stories of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM’s vice president of government and industry relations. “Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. make decisions that impact our industry, our jobs, and our communities, and we want them to better understand what our industry looks like and get to know some of the men and women who make America.”
AGCO Corporation
“AGCO was proud to take part in this project by featuring the women and men at our Jackson, Minn. manufacturing facility. Our employees make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, so its important policymakers know the decisions they make impacts American manufacturing workers like ours. That’s why telling their story is so important and we feel these photos help do that. AGCO was proud to participate.” – Robert Crain, Senior Vice President, and General Manager Americas, AGCO Corporation
Chase Vaske, AGCO Corporation, all suited up in preparation to enter the machinery painting booth at AGCO’s Jackson, Minn. Manufacturing facility.
Komatsu
“The industries we equip are essential to modern life. Employees at our 28 North American manufacturing facilities are essential contributors to vital economies, producing high-quality equipment that allows our customers to drive society forward. From towns across the United States, our teams bring to life the Komatsu commitment to safety, quality, and reliability. We are honored our teams’ hard work is highlighted in this important photo series from AEM, and grateful for the generations of Komatsu employees who have contributed to our rich history.” – Michael Gidaspow, director of sales and marketing for Komatsu’s North America Central Region
A Komatsu employee at the company’s Peoria Manufacturing Operation in Illinois inspects the quality of work on an electric dump truck component. Komatsu has 28 manufacturing facilities across the United States that produce equipment to support the global construction, mining, forklift, and forestry industries.
Superior Industries
“Generally, most of Superior’s manufacturing facilities are located in small-town America. It’s here where we find loyal employees looking for hard work and lots of opportunities. We’re grateful to AEM for showcasing our humble, rural colleagues. Together, they’re building equipment that strengthens our infrastructure and powers American development.” – Corey Poppe, Communications Manager, Superior Industries
Scott is a pulley welder at Superior’s conveyor components production facility in Morris, Minnesota. Pulleys are an integral component in the manufacturer’s conveyors that are used in the aggregate production process.
Vermeer Corporation
“Our Vermeer team designs, builds and supports equipment that is making an incredible impact. The work of our team here in Pella, Iowa and around the world helps feed and fuel communities, connect people to the necessities of life and manage natural resources. We hope that sharing images of the work of this team helps show the importance of equipment manufacturing to the economy both in the U.S. and globally.” – Jason Andringa, President and CEO, Vermeer
Assemblers on the Vermeer baler line work together to build one of the most iconic pieces of Vermeer equipment, the round baler.
Weiler
“Telling the story of our workers through this photographer’s camera enables us to show policymakers who is most impacted by the decisions they make every day. Weiler depends on skilled workers like the ones featured in these photos to design, engineer and manufacture asphalt paving products in Knoxville, Iowa. They are the reason Weiler is able to produce the equipment needed to build infrastructure through contractors in all fifty states and around the world.” – Megan Weiler Green, Counsel, Weiler
Zach Clark is an Assembler with Weiler. He is installing hydraulic lines to the hydraulic pump of a Weiler road widener.
Woods Equipment
“Our employees are proud of the products we manufacture and even prouder to be building them here in the USA — in the same spot the Woods brothers founded our company in 1946. We have many, many Team Members whose parents, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents worked here. They want to continue the legacy and keep these high-quality jobs in Oregon, Illinois, for their children and grandchildren. That’s why we’re strong supporters of I Make America and do all we can to help AEM tell the story of American workers.” – Angela Kay Larson, Vice President, Marketing, Woods Equipment, a division of Blount International
Jason Grenoble, Batwing® Assembler. Jason Grenoble completes the assembly of a Batwing® rotary cutter
To encourage investment, job growth, and development and production of more equipment in the United States, AEM advocates on behalf of its more than 1,000 members to urge elected officials to champion policies that creates a globally competitive business environment, rebuilds our nation’s infrastructure, opens foreign markets for equipment manufactures in the United States, and keeps the U.S. agricultural economy strong. The association’s membership represents companies with over 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, and utility industries. This year, AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
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About AEM
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.
For more information on AEM’s advocacy leadership, please visit www.aem.org/advocacy.
About I Make America
I Make America is the grassroots campaign of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers
(AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America’s
equipment manufacturers compete globally. For more information about I Make America, please visit www.imakeamerica.org.