Members of ARTBA’s safety team join attendees of the safety portion of the inaugural Transportation Construction Professional Development Week.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

The ARTBA Foundation’s first “Transportation Construction Professional Development Week” opened June 4 at the association’s Washington, D.C., offices with a welcome from ARTBA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Matt Jeanneret. He thanked the 22 firms from 13 states that participated.

The three-day event included project management fundamentals and legal and regulatory updates, but work zone safety was the focus of the opening session.

Safety trainers from ARTBA member company Allan Myers led a “flex and stretch” for the participants, the same routine their company employees do on job sites every day. Allan Myers CEO Ross Myers is co-chair of the Foundation’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program, the industry’s only internationally-accredited safety program. Learn more at puttingsafetyfirst.org.

ARTBA safety team members Senior Vice President, Safety & Education Brad Sant; Vice President, Education Operations Beth Stinson; Director, Safety & Certification Katie Chimelewski; Safety Training & Business Development Specialist Robinson Vasquez; and Group Program Specialist Melanie Laird addressed the top five hazards of construction work zone safety – struck-by, falls, trenching, night work, and temporary traffic control. They also provided a comprehensive overview of the SCTPP program, including a practice exam and a review of courses available through ARTBA’s Online Learning System to aid in preparation for the real exam.