By Brad Sant, senior vice president of safety & education, ARTBA

Safety officials from three federal agencies March 11 offered regulatory insights and compliance advice to a packed information session organized by ARTBA at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show in Las Vegas. Highlights included:

  • Scott Earnest, acting director for the Office of Construction Safety and Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (Above, at podium) described research projects and information sources available from the agency to improve the health and safety of construction workers. He also highlighted ARTBA’s efforts to lead the April 20 “National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents” in conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week.
  • Martha Kapitanov, a transportation specialist at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), explained agency initiatives focused on work zone safety. She emphasized the need to provide a safe environment for all roadway users and workers as they interact in roadway construction zones. She also explained that while most of FHWA regulatory activities are aimed at state transportation departments, those agencies are responsible for enforcing regulations with their contractors.
  • Scott Ketcham, director of the Directorate of Construction at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reviewed the agency’s recent and upcoming regulatory activities for the construction industry. He emphasized that OSHA is increasing its annual inspections. He explained that most of OSHA’s construction industry citations are related to fall hazards, but added the agency is significantly increasing enforcement for trenching violations.

ARTBA is an active member of the CONEXPO Education Committee and assists in organizing numerous sessions for the event, primarily focused on worker safety and health. For more information on ARTBA’s wide variety of safety offerings, please contact me at bsant@artba.org, or call 202.289.4434.