New safety training requirements on highway projects15 February 2013
FREDERICTON (GNB) – New safety requirements take effect on April 1 for operators of private trucks working on provincial highway projects and contracts.
“Training and awareness programs are necessary steps to make construction sites safer,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams. “These measures will improve safety for private truckers, department employees, contractors and the public on highway contracts and projects.”
Operators of private trucks working on highway projects and contracts will be required to complete the following basic training: Occupational Health and Safety Orientation, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System training and Work Area Traffic Control Manual Awareness Training.
The contractors' role will be to confirm that the operators have taken the required training. Operators will also be required to perform a daily pre-trip inspection on their truck.
The New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association took part in the process that led to the implementation of the new safety measures.
The Work Area Traffic Control Manual Awareness Training is free and available on the department website. The other two programs, which require a half-day or a day to complete, are available from several providers.
More information is available on the department website.