ARTBA Safe Backing & Spotting Training Course

This training is specifically designed for—and aimed to reach—workers, foremen and supervisors on road and bridge projects. It will help you protect your most important asset—your people—and your businesses’ bottom line. This program is latest in a broad-series of ARTBA-TDF training developed over the past 30 years to tackle emerging safety risks unique to transportation design and construction professionals.

The course focuses on helping workers to avoid dangerous traffic areas on roadway construction sites, to recognize hazards surrounding equipment, and to provide clear communication between drivers/operators and spotters through the use of standardized signals and communication.

During the four-hour course, crew members will learn:

  • A thorough understanding of spotting signals and communications between drivers/operators and spotters. Through this program, ARTBA-TDF introduces the first set of nationally-standardized hand signals;
  • Recognition of the “sphere of safety”—the hazards above, below and around moving equipment, and how to communicate those hazards to workers, operators and drivers;
  • Traffic and pedestrian routing strategies as a result of hands-on training, classroom activities and a spotting skills test; and
  • How to identify equipment blind spots, and train workers and operators how to safely navigate congested work areas.

All attendees will receive a certificate of completion from the ARTBA-TDF. Employers will also receive documentation for their insurance carriers, helping to potentially reduce cost or hold premiums in check.

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