By John Schneidawind, ARTBA vice president, public affairs

Bradley Middleton, a safety manager at Drill Tech Drilling and Shoring Inc., of Antioch, California, this week became the 400th person to earn the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) credential, marking a major milestone in the ARTBA safety program.

“I am excited to be able to use my training to pass the SCTPP certification process,” Middleton said. “The credential serves as a reaffirmation of my dedication to safety, and I hope more and more construction professionals continue to earn it.”

The SCTPP credential continues to gain traction within the transportation construction sector, with professionals from 84 companies and agencies in 37 states and D.C. passing the exam.

Launched in fall 2016 by top industry executives and safety advocates via ARTBA’s Foundation, the SCTPP is designed to reduce and even eliminate the nearly 50,000 deaths and injuries each year on or near U.S. transportation infrastructure construction projects. It is aimed at workers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, designers, planners, equipment operators, manufacturers, materials suppliers and owners who impact safety–ensuring they know the core competencies necessary to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening onsite risks.

In May 2018, the SCTPP earned the “seal of approval” from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); it’s the only internationally-accredited safety program in the transportation construction industry.

The 400th person milestone comes as major transportation construction contractors are calling on their industry peers to commit at least 25 employees annually to earn the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) credential before the end of 2019, in 2020, and beyond. ARTBA Chairman Bob Alger, chairman of The Lane Construction Corporation; Ross Myers, chairman and CEO of Allan Myers, and David Walls, president and CEO of Austin Industries, together recently issued the challenge. Myers and Walls co-chair the commission overseeing the program’s operations.

See a complete list of companies and public agencies with employees who have become “safety certified.”