AGC, Zurich offer new worker safety program

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Zurich have teamed up to create a new safety training program, the Highway Worker Safety Program. The program aims to reduce the nearly 100 deaths per year on roadside construction sites.

“There isn’t an infrastructure project in this country that’s worth the life of a single construction worker,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of AGC. “This program is designed to make sure that vital road work doesn’t turn fatal.”

The program is designed to teach road construction crews how to make work zones safer environments through a series of training videos and power point presentations. The training sessions teach workers and supervisors ways to control traffic, operate heavy equipment and staff worksites in a way that makes road construction safer for employees.

Materials for the program include a set of two DVDs, an instructor guide and a participant guide. The training sessions include eight modules of lessons dealing with asphalt and concrete paving, bride and demolition work, earthwork and grading operations, short-term and mobile operations, traffic control and utility and drainage work.

Materials for the Highway Worker Safety Program can be purchased through AGC’s website.

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