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Project Roadsafe

Program Description
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Don’t Leave Safety To Chance…Protect Your Employees and Your Bottom Line

“The average cost of a motor vehicle disabling injury is over $93,000 and skyrockets to about $1.6 million per fatality” ~ National Safety Council, 2019

Aimee Ziter is Director for the program. Aimee is frequently requested to make her presentations at Company Safety Days, Safety Conferences, Seminars and/or guest speak at events. Aimee has held management positions with Vermont State Government and commercial businesses in Vermont. She directed a new safety program as Safety Director for a specialty construction firm in central Vermont. Earlier in her career she oversaw quality management for the Department of Mental health.

 

Project RoadSafe is one of several workplace safety programs produced by Associated General Contractors of Vermont; which offers no-risk, zero cost solutions/trainings to reduce expenses, prevent injuries and save lives!

 

Focusing on the safety of employees who drive for work, RoadSafe helps AGC/VT members and the Vermont business community understands the value of safe driving. Data show that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of fatal workplace injuries. The cost of crashes, especially when they involve major injury or death, far exceeds all expectations, and at times, may cause a business to dissolve.

 

Project RoadSafe, is the only National Safety Council (NSC) certified training center in Vermont, using two driver-safety programs from the NSC as part of our overall workplace driver safety curriculum.

Project RoadSafe News

   Taking a look at winter hazards and important safety tips to help mitigate them. As winter descends upon us, a light dusting of snow can add a little magic to your day as well as a lot of hazards. Let’s have a look at some of the most common

   The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is launching a new online system in May 2020 for its Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO).    The new system modernizes how customers make payments and interact with the CVO Unit: *   The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) *   The International Registration Plan (IRP) *   Motor

   Roadway deaths and especially speeding fatalities fell in 2018, according to NHTSA data.    Highway fatalities decreased by 2.4% last year, dropping from 37,473 lost lives in 2017 to 36,560 deaths in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.    With 913 fewer fatalities, 2018 marks the second

Awards

AGC/VT and Project RoadSafe Recipients of 2018 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety!
   The Associated General Contractors of Vermont and its workplace driver safety program, Project RoadSafe were recognized for their well known, and highly valued workplace safety training programs.
   Governor Phil Scott presented the prestigious award at the Vermont Safety and Health Council EXPO on behalf of the Vermont Department of Labor. The award was presented to Richard Wobby, AGC/VT Executive Vice President, and Aimee Ziter, Director of Project RoadSafe
   In presenting the award, Governor Scott noted the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety, is the state’s highest honor in recognizing businesses with exemplary commitment to keeping their workforce safe and healthy. The plaque reads: Outstanding Workplace Safety, Special Recognition for Outreach and Training to the Vermont Construction Industry.
     AGC/VT has a sole dedication and purpose to ensure that all employees will be able to perform the job correctly and safely. Helping keep Vermont road workers safe.

Course Offerings

*NEW* Professional Truck Drivers Course

(NOT CDL PREP COURSE)

   Why should drivers take this course?…The average driver typically does not do more than what is absolutely necessary when they get in their truck. During this 4 hour, instructor lead course attendees gain knowledge of State and Federal regulations, load securement, DOT inspections, how to handle them, CSA scores, how to handle accidents, employer liability, air brakes, pre/post trip inspections and much more. This course enhances the knowledge and production of Vermont CDL drivers and helps employers understand the importance of following DOT State and Federal Motor Carrier regulations in order to convey a SAFE, COMPLIANT, PRODUCTIVE fleet in and out of State travel. Drivers are trained on improving best practices, defensive driving, alcohol/drugs, helping the Company CSA score and what negatively effects it, eliminate unnecessary fines, help pass audits/inspections, along with helping HR staff understand their part in compliance regarding Driver Qualification files, what’s required and Company Fleet Safety policy’s. Emphasis is placed on drivers that they are Professional Drivers, and in turn held to a higher standard of safety and driving etiquette. The job should be taken seriously as injures to drivers and other road users can happen with careless driving; and DOT officers should be treated with respect. We go through a mock crash scene to discuss with the group what they think the “fatal driver” could say to other drivers. “I should have been safe! I should have paid attention in that training! I should have done a through pre trip! I shouldn’t have driven when I was so tired! Speeding didn’t get me anywhere, except not home to my family.” Our goal is to help drivers understand the risk factors in driving a CMV, handling roadside inspections, the levels of inspections, attitudes, clean cabs and the message it portrays to DOT, road rage, aggressive driving, pre-trips, speeding, cell phone, seat belts and what responsibilities belong to them, the employers and the office.

   What’s the return on investment?… Keep in mind that your drivers are your company representatives and your trucks are a billboard of who you are and what you do. Their safe operation is out there for the whole world to see. Regardless of the time constraints, the professional driver must make the time to do what the average driver does not do. Training drivers to improve best practices, will help your CSA score, eliminate unnecessary fines, help pass audits/inspections, along with help HR staff understand their part in compliance regarding Driver Qualification files, Fleet Safety policy’s, and much more!

Register drivers and company staff today, to gain knowledge during this 4-hour informational packed course! Each attendee will receive their own Professional Truck Driver Guidebook; personally designed by AGC stocked full of information, and used during the training.

National Safety Council Credited Course- (DDC-4)- Half Day Course

This four-hour classroom instructor-led course is recognized for its leading-edge curriculum, delivering compelling and proven defensive driving and collision prevention strategies; and has set the standard in the industry for more then 40 years. Whether employees are experienced drivers, assuming new driving tasks or commuting to work, this course will help keep them safer by focusing on taking greater responsibility for their driving behavior, judgment, decision making and consequences. Demonstrating the direct connection between attitude and choice and the potential dreadful results of poor driving conduct for themselves and their employer’s liability.

By the end of the course, employees will understand the importance of being safe, mindful, patient and courteous on the highway while conducting company business; and what it means for their employer. They will also understand the number one cause of occupational workplace fatalities: motor vehicle crashes.

Benefits of the Defensive Driving course include:

  • Potential reduction of collisions, safety violations and employee injuries
  • Certificates of completion for each attendee who completes the course
  • Many insurance companies offer a reduction in their automobile insurance rate upon completion of this course. (Contact your insurance company)
  • Courses are conducted at the NSC sanctioned training center at AGC/VT headquarters by NSC Certified Instructors.

This course is FREE through Project RoadSafe, a grant funded program paid for by the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program. We can come to your location as well!

DDC-4 class at J.P. Sicard in Barton, VT

National Safety Council Credited Course- (Alive @ 25)- Half Day Course

Taught to juniors and seniors at high school Technical Career Centers in Vermont. Many students have chosen careers that may eventually require them to drive for work. This program helps them understand the importance of being safe on the highway while conducting company business and also in their personal lives.

Alive @ 25 is a four-hour instructor-led course that demonstrates how young drivers can take greater responsibility for their driving behavior. This program focuses on behavior, judgment, decision making, and consequences and provides tools for making positive choices. The Alive program also addresses the number one cause of drivers age 15 – 24: motor vehicle crashes.

Businesses that adopt the Alive at 25 program as their young adult driver safety training program show their commitment to safety for employees, their families and the public. This training can also help to improve an organization’s bottom line, lower worker’s compensation insurance costs, decrease fleet premiums, reduce liability exposure and create a culture of safety.

Benefits of the Defensive Driving course include:

  • Potential reduction of collisions, safety violations and employee injuries
  • Certificates of completion for each attendee who completes the course
  • Many insurance companies offer a reduction in their automobile insurance rate upon completion of this course. (Contact your insurance company)
  • Courses are conducted at the NSC sanctioned training center at AGC/VT headquarters by NSC Certified Instructors.

This course is FREE through Project RoadSafe, a grant funded program paid for by the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program. We can come to your location as well!

Other Training Courses

Other training courses offered by Project RoadSafe include:

  • One-hour general driver safety refresher course
  • One-hour driver safety training as part of OSHA training
  • One-hour driver safety training as part of MSHA training

Location: The AGC/VT Training Center, the Northeast Regional Safety Academy is located at the AGC/VT offices at 1 Graves Street in Montpelier.

Additional Services

Other services provided by Project RoadSafe include:

  • A monthly electronic newsletter to individual businesses, business organizations, private and public safety officials, and the news media.
  • Brochures/Palm cards targeting company, hardware, and human costs of workplace traffic crashes.
  • Assist employers to promote workplace traffic safety policies targeting distracted driving, occupant protection and impaired drivinging.
  • Presentations on distracted driving, employer liability, alcohol/drugs in fleet management, and much more. Call to book Project RoadSafe at your Company Safety Day, Conferences, and Safety Symposiums. Programs tailored to Company needs.

If you would like to request a workplace driver-safety training session (FREE OF CHARGE), or need assistance to create a better workplace driver safety program, please contact:

Aimee Ziter, Director
AGC/VT Project RoadSafe
Associated General Contractors of Vermont
PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street
Montpelier, VT 05601
TEL: 802-223-2374
FAX: 802-223-1809
aimee@agcvt.org