New ARTBA Safety Video Highlights Fall Rescue Techniques on Construction Sites

The transportation construction industry and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are taking their commitment to safety to the next level with the release of a new training video to help significantly reduce the leading cause of death on project sites.
Falls account for roughly 1,200 annual fatalities on construction projects.  The video resource is designed to help contractors raise awareness of the severity of fall hazards and highlight the importance of safety programs to prevent them.  It highlights site protection and rescue techniques, creating fall rescue plans, emergency response, and mitigation of suspension trauma.
The 8-minute piece is the second in a series of “Just in Time” videos the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has developed under contract with FHWA.  The first video, “Avoiding Blind Spots,” provides tips and techniques for training crews on how to avoid standing or working in areas around large trucks and equipment that cannot be seen by the driver.
Lane Construction Director of Corporate Safety J.R. Glascock and the Prince William County (Va.) Department of Fire and Rescue were key partners in the production.
“This video should be standard issue for anyone working from heights on construction projects,” said Bob Alger, chairman of Connecticut-headquartered Lane Construction.
“I found this training video to be clearly instructive,” said Nick Baskerville, lieutenant at Prince William Country Fire and Rescue. “It meets all the expectations we would be looking for as first responders.”
The new video was produced to coincide with what would have been the 7thAnnual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.  While the physical activities around the stand down have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction companies as part of the stand-down will continue to break for toolbox talks, complete equipment inspections, review, update or create fall rescue plans or discuss specific fall hazards on the job.
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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.