Project RoadSafe moves to Associated General Contractors of Vermont
Cathleen Lamberton, Executive Vice President of the Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC/VT), has announced that Project RoadSafe, a driver safety program, will join the association as part of the organization’s extensive training program.
“I am very pleased that we have acquired Project RoadSafe,” Lamberton said. “The program will provide an important traffic safety component to complete our entire workplace safety training curriculum.”
On October 1, Project RoadSafe moved to AGC/VT from the Vermont Department of Labor where it had been for the past six years.
AGC/VT represents more than 150 active general contractors, associates and affiliate members with an additional 60 members from the Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association (VIECA). A key service AGC/VT provides for its members are programs for workplace safety.
“Our organization is very familiar with the goals and objectives of Project RoadSafe and we believe driver safety training will naturally fit our goal to provide industry leading, training opportunities,” said Lamberton.
Project RoadSafe is a federally funded program through the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and was created in 2002 by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to help Vermont companies reduce the number of workplace motor vehicle crash injuries, save lives, and financial resources.
According to data from the Vermont Department of Labor, there were 52 less crash related injuries in the first eight months of this year (122) over the same time period last year (174) reflecting a reduction in the cost of doing business.
Norman James is the manager of Project RoadSafe and said, “I don’t teach people how to drive, that is done by private driving schools and public driver’s education classes. Instead I talk with employers and employee groups about the real world of motor vehicle operation – it is perhaps one of the most dangerous and deadliest tasks we engage in, but we treat it so routinely that it has become a workplace safety hazard. I talk about the consequences of unsafe driving.”
James said Project RoadSafe has conducted driver safety workshops for several Vermont businesses emphasizing the dangers of distracted driving and the cost of injuries and property damage as a result of motor vehicle crashes.
Project RoadSafe also collaborates with other traffic safety organizations including the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the Vermont Truck & Bus Association, the Federal Motor Carrier’s Safety Administration, several state agencies including the Vermont Departments of Motor Vehicles, Labor, and Public Safety, and the Agency of Transportation.
Project RoadSafe will be located at AGC/VT’s Northeast Regional Training Academy (NERSA) which was recently expanded to add more conference space for their growing number of training programs.
NERSA has been a major asset in the safety training program of AGC/VT, which has among the busiest agendas in the region, with as many as 20 training sessions scheduled in any month.
Classes sponsored by the Chapter for its members cover a broad range of topics, among them first aid/CPR, erosion control, hazardous materials, confined spaces, ATTSA traffic technician, Vermont OSHA 10-hour, flag trainer, mine and quarry safety, respiratory protection, scaffold training, steel erection, fall protection, excavation safety, and mine and quarry safety. The latter include refresher courses for operators required by the Mine Safety & Health Act.
AGC/VT was chartered in 1961 as a state chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Tuesday, October 2 / Montpelier VT - AGC