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55 Industry Professionals Earn “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” Designation

Fifty-five transportation construction professionals are in the “inaugural class” earning the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) credential, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation announced today.

Launched in fall 2016, the SCTPP program is aimed at the thousands of transportation project workers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, managers, manufacturers and materials suppliers, designers, equipment operators and owners who could make a huge, industry-wide safety impact by learning core competencies necessary to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening on-site risks.

“Our goal is to help cause a demonstrable reduction in the number of deaths and injuries that occur on and around transportation project sites each year,” ARTBA President Pete Ruane said. “We believe we can do that if all of the key decision makers, from project inception through completion, have safety top of mind. This program identifies and rewards those who have competency in this critical management area.”

The 55 professionals were from a group that took the SCTPP program’s “pilot test” last summer and fall. The two-and-a-half hour exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions that probe knowledge in: assessing project risks; creating project safety plans; implementing and conducting on-going evaluation of a site-specific operational safety plan; and conducting incident investigations. It has been designed to meet the rigorous protocols required for accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17024: “Conformity Assessment: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.”

The professional certification is valid for three years. Recertification will require documented, continuing learning on the topic or retesting.

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

Juan Abrigo, area safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
Jes Allen, superintendent, Zachry Construction Corporation, Cornelius, N.C.
David Asselin, safety director, Ranger Construction, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Tyler Bean, HSE regional manager, Allan Myers, Worcester, Pa.
Trenton Beeler, safety manager, Austin Commercial, Sherman, Texas
Raymond Berrios, safety director, Ranger Construction, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Josh Brown, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Williamsburg, Va.
Travis Browning, field safety mgr., Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, Fla.
Dennis Burks, safety director, HNTB, Kansas City, Mo.
Ruben Canales, sr. safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corporation, Richmond, Texas
Javier Cano, safety coordinator, Zachry Construction Corp., San Antonio, Texas
Robert Clark, project manager, Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, Fla.
Sean Conard, fleet safety director, Allan Myers, Williamsburg, Va.
Brian Connolly, regional equipment mgr., Superior Construction Co., Frankfort, Ill.
David Cope, environmental manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Rockwall, Texas
Russell Emmett, safety training consultant, E&J Consulting, Upper Marlboro, Md.
John Farrell, regional HSE manager, Allan Myers, Pottstown, Pa.
Colin Faulkner, safety director, ATS Construction, Lexington, Ky.
William French, sr. safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Dallas, Texas
Alfred Garcia, project safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corp., Port Lavaca, Texas
Michael Grisko, instructor, LIUNA Laborers Local 172 S.E.T, Folsom, N.J.
Randy Henson, division safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas
Chris Iungerich, safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., San Antonio, Texas
Gunnar Johnson, field engineer, Zachry Construction Corporation, Houston, Texas
Elisha Johnson, field manager, Allan Myers, Richmond, Va.
Peter Kaplan, project safety manager, Wagman, Baltimore, Md.
Matthew Koss, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Batlimore, Md.
Don Lindert Jr., safety manager, Austin Commercial, Ovilla, Texas
Gregory Linenfelser, HSE professional, Transurban, Tysons Corner, Va.
Eliu Martinez, safety manager, Austin Commercial, Dallas, Texas
Joel McGlothlin, regional safety manager, Austin Commercial, Mansfield, Texas
James Milner, project mgr., Superior Construction Co. Southeast, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla.
Robert Montel, safety manager, Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Goshen, Ind.
Mauricio Montoya, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Richmond, Va.
Anthony Nanfro, superintendent, Zachry Construction Corporation, Magnolia, Texas
William Pedigo, safety director, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
Ron Phillips, sr. safety supervisor, Lane Construction, Fredericksburg, Va.
Joseph Polansky, director of HSE, Fred Smith Construction, Raleigh, N.C.
Stephanie Powers, area safety manager, Lane Construction, Falls Church, Va.
Darrell Pruitt, regional safety director, Superior Construction Co., Montezuma, Ind.
David Putnam, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Havre de Grace, Md.
David Roberson, building div. safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corp., Seguin, Texas
Jacob Selby, field engineer, Zachry Construction Corp., North Richland Hills, Texas
Jeffrey Sienkiewicz, project manager, Zachry Construction Corp., Flower Mound, Texas
Sean Simpson, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Baltimore, Md.
Randy Spurlock, safety manager, Allan Myers, Bel Air, Md.
Terry Stephens, area safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
Donald Stephens, safety manager, Zachry Construction Corp., San Antonio, Texas
Bryan Stone, safety director, Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, Fla.
Michelle Teets, mid-Atlantic regional safety manager, Lane Construction, Norfolk, Va.
Nathan Terry, structures superintendent, Zachry Construction Corp., Porter, Texas
Cheyenne Urban, safety representative, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Frisco, Texas
Joseph Warren, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Virginia Beach, Va.
Steven Yeckel, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Stafford, Va.
Derek Yeckel, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Fredericksburg, Va.

For more information about the credential, and to see if you meet the test eligibility requirements, visit www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.

The ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity established in 1985, supports a wide portfolio of research, education and public awareness programs and activities aimed at highlighting the importance of U.S. transportation investment.

Design-Build Institute Applauds Movement on Infrastructure Investment

Increasing America’s infrastructure investment is one of the few issues in this politically polarized era that Americans nationwide have rallied around. However, despite this rare bipartisan agreement and recognition of the need for increased infrastructure investment, there is no easy answer to the critical question of “how do we pay for it?

“Release of the Senate Democrats’ $1 trillion infrastructure plan, combined with President Trump’s promise to revitalize America’s crumbling infrastructure, marks a unique opportunity for bi-partisan cooperation that we, as a nation, simply can’t allow to pass us by. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s effort to organize a national infrastructure summit is also an important step to bringing together representatives from the public and private sectors, builders, designers, lawmakers and infrastructure experts to tackle this issue head-on.

Design-builders nationwide understand first-hand the importance of cooperation and communication to delivering successful projects. Congress should also embrace that philosophy to ensure this moment in history is not lost. With much of our nation’s infrastructure either structurally deficient, functionally obsolete or both, now is the time to turn promises into progress.”…Lisa Washington, DBIA Executive Director/CEO

The Design-Build Institute, based in Washington, D.C., is the only membership organization bringing together thousands of organizations and individuals representing architects, engineers, owners, contractors, manufacturers (and more) to define, teach and promote best practices in design-build.

ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane Statement on Senate Democrats Infrastructure Proposal

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane issued the following statement:

“It’s encouraging Senate Democrats and the President appear to have a similar legislative appetite for investing in transportation infrastructure to help grow the economy. But talk is easy.

Pete Ruane

“Addressing the nation’s critical transportation needs in a meaningful way will require real, recurring, dedicated revenue streams that are complemented by private investment.

“For that reason, transportation revenue and tax reform should be an integral component of the comprehensive tax reform package being developed by the administration and Congress.

“President Trump’s leadership is key to making that happen.”


World of Concrete 2017 provided exhibitors with a hugely successful platform to start the year off strong, packing the show floor with qualified industry-related attendees, ready to make purchasing decisions on the latest equipment, products, and technologies available. Many exhibitors commented WOC 2017 was one of the best shows in recent memory, resulting in a 73% rebook on booth space for WOC 2018.

This international event for the concrete and masonry industries, and THE first annual event of the year, drew 50,770 registered professionals and featured more than 1,455 companies exhibiting across more than 681,196 net square feet of space.

Tom Cindric, Sr. Vice President, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate said:
“We are very pleased with the results of this 2017 event. As the construction industry continues with its upward momentum over the past few years, World of Concrete has successfully kept pace, providing the industry with the latest products, technologies, and educational offerings. This once again positions WOC as THE event for concrete & masonry professionals.”

Jackie James, Director, World of Concrete added:
“Exhibitors & attendees seemed very pleased with WOC 2017 from the show floor to the educational opportunities. Although the show was earlier than in past years, the industry showed up in force to see new products, network with their peers, and prepare for business in 2017. International attendance was strong with representation from India, Italy, Philippines, Costa Rica, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Chile, Argentina and many other countries.”

Also presented was the Weatherton Scholarship, providing funds to help the next generation of concrete professionals attending the CIM (Concrete Industry Management) Program. Dan Regad, from New Jersey Science & Technology University, was the recipient of the $2,500 scholarship. In addition, CIM held its annual unreserved silent and live auctions at World of Concrete. The silent and live auctions raised an initial tally of approximately $875,000. More information on the CIM Program can be found at www.concretedegree.com.

WOC 2018: January 23-26; Seminars 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.