Attitude Drives Behavior

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809



 April 15, 2015

Vermont Highway


2015 Year-to-Date: 7

2014 At this time: 10

2013 At this time: 12

2012 At this time: 20

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety



Between January 1 and April 6 (three months), Vermont  recorded only six highway fatalities. 

HOWEVER, four of those six highway fatalities, or nearly 70%, were 


If seat belts can save up to 50% of all highway deaths, Vermont highway death toll would be only




Check our website for our Safety Training Schedule


A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.





Buckle Up

Slow Down

Put Down the Phone!!


Add A Name To Our Mail List


Norman James, Manager

Project RoadSafe



Motor Vehicles are the leading cause of death for truckers. In 2012 65% of truck drivers who died on the job,
died in a motor vehicle crash.

Approximately 700 truck drivers or the passengers died in crashes while 26,000 truck drivers or their passengers
were injured.



Workplace Solutions from NIOSH

   Ensure compliance with the following regulations pertaining to worker safety, traffic control, vehicle regulations, and consensus standards
pertaining to work in roadway construction sites.

** 29 CFR 1926, Subparts O and G

** Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (DOT 2009)

** ANSI/ASSE A10.47 – 2009

** ANSI/ISEA 207 – 2011

** ANSI/ISEA 107 – 2010



Attitude Drives Behavior


General Contractors of Vermont Training Schedule:

April/May, 2015


Apr. 16 First Aid Training @ AGC/VT

Apr. 21 MSHA Refresher @ West Lebanon, NH

Apr. 22 OSHA 30 @ AGC/VT

Apr. 23 OSHA 30 @ AGC/VT

Apr. 28 MSHA @ AOT – Colchester

Apr. 29 OSHA 30 @ AGC/VT

Apr. 30 OSHA 30 @ AGC/VT

May 5 & 6 TCS Class @ AGC/VT

May 7 First Aid @ Rutland

May 14 MSHA @ Rutland

May 18 First Aid @ AGC/VT

May 19 MSHA @ W. Lebanon, NH

May 21 Flagger @ AGC/VT

May 22 Driver Safety (DDC-4) @ AGC/VT

May 25 & 26 TCS Class @ AGC/VT

May 27 Signaling & Rigging @ AGC/VT

May 28 MSHA @ AGC/VT


Information and registration is available on our 




National Safety Council of Northern New England

Vermont Summer Safety Retreat

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Camp Ohana on Lake Fairlee

Post Mills, VT

   Now in its fifth year, the Annual Safety Retreat produced by the National Safety Council of Northern New England draws instructors from several occupations and
disciplines for an intense one-day safety retreat at one of the most laid-back rural resorts in Vermont.

   On the shores of Lake Fairlee, in Post Mills, Camp Ohana has been hailed by conference attendees as the perfect location for this safety training day. Industry
safety experts share their vast knowledge in a day-long, 9-session conference retreat.

   Far from the const stress of everyday business, attendees enjoy time with instructors and peers. For details and registration:




What Should Flaggers Avoid

   Flaggers must avoid dangerous behavior. The following are some flagging DON’TS:

 * Don’t stand where you can be crushed.

 * Don’t stand in the shade, or over the crest of a hill, or around a sharp curve.

 * Don’t leave your position until properly relieved.

 * Don’t stand near equipment.

 * Don’t stand in a group.

 * Don’t make unneeded conversation.

 * Don’t read or daydream on duty.

 * Don’t listen to music or use ear phones.

 * Don’t turn your back to the traffic.


   The best way flaggers can protect themselves is to be visible and to wear protective clothing.

 * Wear high visibility, reflective clothing

 * Wear a hard hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants as well as appropriate clothes for expected weather.

Some safety tips for flaggers to stay out of harm’s way:

 * Stand alone on the shoulder in clear view.

 * Never stand in the open traffic lane.

 * Plan an escape route for emergencies.

 * Stay alert, focused on what is happening around you.

 * Make sure your hand signals don not conflict with traffic signals.

 * Treat motorists with respect and courtesy. Do not initiate conflict or respond to anger. Notify the supervisor and law enforcement when motorists do not obey.



Enforced Policies

   The Centers for Disease Control, in a recent report, said that employers can play a pivotal role in driver safety. The CDC said employers can help prevent motor
vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths by establishing and enforcing driver safety programs that include a requirement that everyone in the vehicle buckle up, as well as enforced policies to reduce crash risks such as drowsy driving and distracted driving.



Are Parents Good Role Models?

    A study from AAA Northern New England asks the rhetorical question about parenting and leadership. The report quotes highway safety experts as believing that
teens have bad habits because of what they are learning from adult drivers.

   According to the report about 60% of teens have seen their parents texting and driving — a practice that is against the law in Vermont. The report recommends
that parents put down the cell phone, turn off the radio, and talk about the traffic around you and about the road signs.

   The report reminds the reader that traffic crashes are the number one cause of teen deaths.



Productivity vs. Safety vs. The Bottom Line

   One of the pressures on any business is adequate production of the product or service to cover all expenses while providing a profit.

   That pressure is often felt when companies face keen competition and make demands on employees that stretch safety practices.

   One safety practice that enters that picture is the use of cell phones while driving for work. The debate is whether to eliminate the use of cell phones altogether
when employees are on the road, or use them to keep “production” at a high level.

   Several studies have been done (more than 30) as to whether eliminating cell phone use would reduce productivity. According to the National Safety Council, a
2009 survey found that only one percent (1%) of those polled reported that productivity decreased.

   One year later, in 2010, a survey of Fortune 500 companies fund that only seven percent (7%) saw a reduction in productivity. 



With Reckless Abandonment

   According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, too many Americans report they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices
or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three has a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash.

   The AAA survey also shows that unsafe behaviors persist even though one in five drivers have themselves been involved in a serious crash,
and one in ten has been seriously injured in a crash. 



Attitude Drives Behavior

Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 | |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries. RoadSafe, produced by The Associated Contractors of Vermont, is an electronic newsletter concerning
workplace driver safety. The purpose of RoadSafe is to distribute data, facts, and other materials to help employers create, maintain, and/or improve their workplace driver safety policies and programs. If your do not wish to receive RoadSafe, please reply
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