By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) data show the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013. Last year’s total of 4,679 fatalities equals about 13 worker deaths per day.

While the data released Sept. 17 does not show how many of the fatalities occurred in the transportation construction industry, it nevertheless underscores the need for effective safety training.

The BLS results do show that 789 Hispanic workers died on the job in 2014. That’s why ARTBA has developed many safety training programs in English and Spanish, to provide these workers with instruction in the language they understand the best.

Three members of ARTBA’s safety team are bilingual in both English and Spanish and can provide training in either language.

“ARTBA is very concerned about the safety and health of those who work in transportation construction,” said Brad Sant, ARTBA’s senior vice president of safety and education. “In addition to developing our own safety programs and materials, we regularly collaborate with other groups and government agencies to ensure we are doing all we can to improve the welfare of those who work in this industry.”

For more information about ARTBA’s safety training programs, contact Brad Sant.