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ARTBA Launches “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” Course

Provides 14 Hours of Online Training

A national association has developed the transportation construction industry’s most comprehensive safety training course to help dramatically reduce the 700 motorist fatalities and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around the nation’s infrastructure improvement project sites.

The online “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” features modules on falls, electricity, preventing struck-by and caught-in incidents, safety programs, workplace communications, risk assessment, internal traffic control, temporary traffic control and other common construction hazards.

Created by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) team of safety experts, it is aimed at engineers, safety professionals, public agency officials, planners and designers, inspectors, equipment operators and roadway workers.

“This online training has everything one would find in an OSHA-10 Hour class, plus it focuses directly on addressing the unique safety issues specific to transportation projects,” ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant says. “It also offers another path for construction industry professionals to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals ™ exam.”    

The safety certification program was launched in 2016 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 exam.

The fundamentals course utilizes a multi-dimensional eLearning format that includes interactive instruction modules, videos and case studies to help industry professionals understand safety hazards and solutions, review areas with which they may not be familiar, and practice test-taking in an online setting.

“While the online course does not qualify for an OSHA-10 card, participants will be learning critical information to work safely while also preparing them for the certification test,” adds Sant.

The course is self-paced and accessible 24/7.  A certificate of completion will be provided once participants successfully pass module assessments demonstrating they have achieved the key objectives. 

Fourteen Professional Development Hours are available for engineers and safety professionals.

Established in 1902 and with more than 8,000 public and private sector members, the Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA advocates for strong investment in transportation infrastructure to meet the public and business community demand for safe and efficient travel.

New Hours of Service Rule Will Speed Project Delivery While Maintaining Road Safety

New updates to the federal “hours of service” rule will speed up construction of transportation improvement projects while maintaining road safety, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

“The revisions will help transportation construction contractors deploy project personnel more efficiently, saving on time and costs while maintaining high standards for safety,” said ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer. “These updates are especially needed for transportation construction to play a crucial role in our nation’s economic recovery.”

Under the jurisdiction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the hours of service rule governs the amount of time truckers can spend on the road.  The rule is principally directed at long-haul drivers, seeking to prevent fatigue and compromises to safety that can come from long hours and miles behind the wheel.

In contrast, the majority of truckers in the transportation construction industry drive for much shorter distances and time periods.  Because the same rule applies to them, the hours of service “clock” has often prohibited them from driving later in the work day or work week, even though they have spent little time on the open road.

The updates to the rule will enact two specific reforms for which ARTBA has spent years advocating: 

  • Expanding the “short-haul” exemption from 100 to 150 air miles.
  • Counting non-driving activities towards satisfying the agency’s 30-minute rest requirement.

These provisions will increase flexibility in deploying drivers who actually spend most of their day waiting in queues for loading and unloading materials, delivering construction equipment and helping with other project tasks.  They will especially help contractors working on a critical project under an intense, accelerated schedule, such as replacing a bridge over a single weekend.   

“Correcting this misapplication of federal requirements is the type of regulatory reform that all sides should support,” Bauer added. “ARTBA appreciates the Trump administration’s continued efforts to improve a federal regulatory structure that has often impeded the efficient delivery of transportation infrastructure projects.”

The rule update will take effect 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

Established in 1902 and with more than 8,000 public and private sector members, the Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA advocates for strong investment in transportation infrastructure to meet the public and business community demand for safe and efficient travel.

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ARTBA & Other Groups Urge Senate Vote on Highway Bill

October 18, 2019 

By John Schneidawind, vice president of public affairs, ARTBA

ARTBA and a cross section of nearly 40 national organizations representing business and organized labor are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring S. 2302, the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), to a floor vote by the end of the year.

The Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee July 29 unanimously passed the ATIA, but “it is up to the rest of the Senate to take the next steps,” the groups wrote in an Oct. 17 letter to McConnell. (see below)

Those steps include consideration by the Senate’s Commerce, Banking and Finance committees. The Finance Committee is tasked with developing a way to pay spending called for by the legislation, which represents the first surface transportation program reauthorization bill in nearly 15 years that would significantly increase federal investment in highway safety and mobility improvements.

In urging McConnell to bring the bill to the Senate floor for consideration, the letter notes that “history has demonstrated that delaying action on such measures until their deadline leads to two outcomes: short-term extensions; and the disruption of state highway improvement plans.”

The letter praises McConnell for moving the last highway program reauthorization through the Senate after the EPW Committee passed it in June 2015, which “with your personal support, spurred action from other Senate Committees and the House of Representatives. This culminated in the enactment of the “Fixing America’s Transportation (FAST) Act six months later.”

The House of Representatives has yet to take any action to introduce similar highway program reauthorization legislation.

Summer Transportation Construction Work Hits Record $45.6 Billion

October 17, 2019

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Transportation contractors were busy this summer, with the value of work up across all modes in June, July, and August compared to the same three-month period in 2018.

Contractors performed a record $45.6 billion in transportation and transportation-related construction work, up 12 percent compared to the $40.8 billion put in place June through August 2018, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Highway and street pavement work has shown continued strength, with $21.7 billion in work between June and August 2019, compared to $19.6 billion in market activity through the same time period in 2018,” said ARTBA Chief Economist, Dr. Alison Black. “Work is also up for bridge, airport, transit, rail and port/waterway construction.”

ARTBA contractor members can have their say about what was going on by taking a few minutes to answer our third quarter industry conditions survey. The deadline is Oct. 28.

State and local government highway and bridge contract awards continue to show strength in some of the nation’s largest markets, Black said, including California, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and Virginia. Year to date, market activity is up 10 percent across all transportation modes.

Dr. Black will take a deeper dive into market conditions and federal, state, and local funding trends at ARTBA’s four upcoming regional meetings. Learn more and register here.

ATIA Group Letter to Senate Leader McConnell

October 17, 2019 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell 

Majority Leader 

U.S. Senate 

Washington, D.C. 20510 

 Dear Leader McConnell: 

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s America’s Transportation 

Infrastructure Act (ATIA), S. 2302, provides a rare opportunity to benefit all states and continue the nation’s longest economic expansion in history. While the EPW Committee has unanimously approved a critical federal infrastructure initiative, it is up to the rest of the Senate to take the next steps. 

We applaud EPW Committee Chairman Barrasso, Ranking Member Carper and all committee 

members for proactively moving forward with a reauthorization of the federal highway program more than a year before it expires. History has demonstrated that delaying action on such measures until their deadline leads to two outcomes: short-term extensions; and disruption of state highway improvement plans. 

The ATIA is not only timely, but it would also deliver meaningful enhancement to the nation’s 

highway and bridge infrastructure network. It would provide historic investment levels, deliver 

beneficial projects faster by cutting red tape, tap private sector capital and innovations, prioritize safety, and improve the quality of life for rural and urban communities. The ATIA is an important foundation to begin addressing the critical need to modernize America’s infrastructure. 

The ATIA earned unanimous endorsement of EPW Committee members and supportive comments from President Trump. This unique show of broad, bipartisan cooperation speaks not only to the merits of the legislation, but also to its prospects for passage. The EPW Committee approved a highway program reauthorization in June 2015 that, with your personal support, spurred action from other Senate committees and the House of Representatives. This culminated in the enactment of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act six months later. 

We urge you to ensure the progress made on the ATIA continues by committing to schedule a 

reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs for floor consideration this year. 

Such a pledge would be an unequivocal signal to the other relevant Senate committees to begin developing their respective components of the final bill. 

Sincerely,

American Road & Transportation Builders Association 

Associated General Contractors of America 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

American Society of Civil Engineers 

Associated Equipment Manufacturers 

The National Industrial Transportation League 

American Public Works Association 

Transportation Intermediaries Association 

National Association of Chemical Distributors 

North America’s Building Trades Unions 

International Union of Operating Engineers 

Laborers International Union of North America 

American Public Transportation Association 

Equipment Dealers Association 

Associated Equipment Distributors 

National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. 

American Highway Users Alliance 

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association 

American Council of Engineering Companies 

American Concrete Pipe Association 

Coalition for America’s Gateway & Trade Corridors 

Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance 

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 

National Steel Bridge Alliance 

Portland Cement Association 

Industrial Minerals Association – North America 

American Concrete Pavement Association 

Construction & Demolition Recycling Association 

American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) 

International Warehouse Logistics Association 

National Parking Association 

Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) 

National Association of Trailer Manufacturers 

Food Marketing Institute 

CCIM Institute 

Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association 

Associated Wire Rope Fabricators 

Building Owners and Managers Association 

Cc: All U.S. Senators