Training Video Targets Fall Rescue


Screen caption of the ARTBA fall protection video.

A new training video focuses on techniques for preventing falls on construction projects, which account for roughly 1,200 annual fatalities. Produced for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the video is designed to help contractors raise awareness of the severity of fall hazards and highlight the importance of safety programs to prevent them. It highlights site protection and rescue techniques, creating fall rescue plans, emergency response, and mitigation of suspension trauma.

Lane Construction director of corporate safety J.R. Glascock and the Prince William County (Va.) Department of Fire and Rescue were key partners in the production, according to ARTBA.

“This video should be standard issue for anyone working from heights on construction projects,” said Bob Alger, chairman of Lane Construction.

“I found this training video to be clearly instructive,” said Nick Baskerville, lieutenant at Prince William Country Fire and Rescue. “It meets all the expectations we would be looking for as first responders.

The video is the second in a series of safety videos ARTBA is producing for FWHA. The first video, “Avoiding Blind Spots,” provides tips and techniques for training crews on how to avoid standing or working in areas around large trucks and equipment that cannot be seen by the driver.

Source: ARTBA