Project RoadSafe: The Summer Season

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809



August 1, 2015

Vermont Highway


2015 Year-to-Date: 27

2014 at this time: 24

2013 at this time: 35

2012 at this time: 48

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety











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.


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Norman James, Manager

Project RoadSafe


Left Turn on Flashing Yellow

   In the past few months, many communities in many states have seen more installations of flashing yellow left-turn arrow signals at busy
traffic intersections. 

   Because this type of signal light is relatively new, some drivers find them initially confusing.

   If you plan to make a left turn and encounter such a signal, you need to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. 

   However, once it’s clear, you can go ahead and make the left turn.

   The flashing yellow arrow helps remind drivers to use caution when preparing to turn.

   This kind of signal also provides traffic operations more flexible means for managing traffic during peak periods of the day. 

   Signaling can be easily adjusted to fit a specific intersection’s traffic patterns.

Infographic courtesy of the City of Owasso, Okla.




Workers On Foot

   Every construction site has workers on foot. Here are six important tips to keep these vital workers safe:

*  Always wear high visibility apparel that is appropriate for your
job task and work environment.

*  Be aware if equipment and vehicle blind areas and avoid being near these areas.

*  Confirm communication signals with an operator and do not approach until the operator gives acknowledgment.

*  Be aware of equipment travel paths and avoid standing or walking in these areas.

*  LISTEN for reverse signal alarms in the area.

*  Do not rely solely on one safety practice, always be aware of your surroundings and ensure that other workers are aware of you.





Alive at 25 is a special program produced by the National
Safety Council and presented, at no charge, by the Associated General Contractors of Vermont to the Technical career Centers in Vermont by certified instructors. 





Vice President 





The Summer Season

   Some call it the “Dog Days of Summer,” but we call it the “Work hard and play hard” season — for several good reasons.As you can tell by the large amount of construction
activity around the state, AGC/VT and VIECA members are all working their hardest right now. But they will soon be rewarded by several well deserved and fun-filled events.   

   One of AGC/VT’s largest construction events is scheduled for August 11th at the Lake Morey Resort in Bradford. During most of the day,
we will have registration, lunch, information booths on the golf course, the golf tournament, and competitions to win several awesome prizes.  In the late afternoon/early evening, more than 300 contractors, their suppliers and affiliates, and employees will
attend the best and most popular clambake and social hour you will see any association sponsor in Vermont!  This contractor connection program has been an annual occurrence for more than 40 years. Registration for this event is available by visiting our website: 

   And don’t forget, the Annual Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association (VIECA) Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday, September
11th at the storied Country Club of Barre. Registration for this event is also available at our website.The VIECA golf tournament has grown so quickly that we have had to move it to the Country Club of Barre.  Come join the fun by registering here:

   Another major event is scheduled for the end of the summer — the AGC/VT Construction Career Day. While more of a Fall event, planning
for this major program takes place through the summer months. More than 400 Technical Career Students will descend on our campus in Montpelier for:

* hands-on training in heavy equipment

* a driving simulator from the Vermont Police Training Academy

* the Turn Off Texting demonstration by the Youth Safety Council of Vermont

* a static display of no-zones around tractor trailer and dump trucks

* workplace safety instructions from certified instructors.

   While many Vermonters and visitors are enjoying a summertime of relaxation and play, AGC/VT member-firms are making sure that seasonal
construction schedules are met; that buildings and roads are completed on time and are safe for occupancy and travel. I hope you will remember, as you are enjoying your summer to be aware of our members and their employees who are on the road working for you. Please
drive safely and have an amazing Vermont Summer!



Attitude Drives Behavior



Trucker-safety Bill Introduced in Congress

   New Jersey Senator Cory Booker recently introduced legislation that would require sweeping safety measures for commercial motor vehicles.
The bill was sent to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee which oversees truck safety as part of its jurisdiction.

   If approved, the legislation would address several safety-related topics, including:

1.     Require rulemaking for collision avoidance systems in CMVs.

2.     Finalize regulations to equip CMVs with speed-limiting devices.

3.     Establish a study on the effects of excessive commuting on CMV operators.

4.     Mandate employers to pay drivers for hours worked, not based on miles driven.

5.     Double the required insurance minimums for CMVs from $750,000 to $1.5 million.



Collision Avoidance Systems Should Be Standard On All Passenger & Commercial Vehicles: NHTSA

   The National Transportation Safety Board says collision avoidance systems should be standard in all new passenger and commercial vehicles.
The agency issued a special report recently saying that collision avoidance systems can help reduce injuries and deaths by preventing rear-end collisions. The NTSB is also recommending that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) create
tests and standards to evaluate the systems’ performance and include the ratings in an expanded safety rating scale.

   Last year, complete forward collision avoidance systems were standard in only four of 684 passenger vehicle models. The agency said progress
on implementing the systems motor industry-wide has been “limited,” due to a lack of incentives and public awareness.



Attitude Drives Behavior



The Healthy Driver (Excerpts are are taken
from the Hard Working Trucks newsletter by Bruce Smith)

   Driver health is an issue.

   Truck drivers are at risk. It’s a disproportionately high risk due to fatal crash-related injuries but also because drivers are over-represented
in numbers of the working population for serious health disorders. While the figure is 10 years old, the numbers from a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSHA) report in 2004 show a fatality rate for American heavy truck and tractor-trailer
drivers was 48.2 per 100,000 workers, approximately 11 times the rate for the general worker population. While there are a lot of crash-related fatalities, the alarming thing is how many are related to poor health.

   This report does not stand alone. Study after study reports that the general health and even life expectancy of the driver is, on average
much less than others in the American workforce. The latest report released only this last January in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine concludes:

   Obesity (69% of drivers versus 31% of the general population) and current smoking (51% vs. 19%) were twice as prevalent in long-haul truck
drivers as in the 2010 United States adult working population. Further, 61% reported having two or more of the risk factors: hypertension, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, no physical activity, six or fewer hours of sleep per 24-hr period.

   Drivers, however, do have an opportunity to use their trucks as exercise objects to help reduce problems like hypertension (high blood
pressure) and the heightened risk of diabetes and heart problems.

   For instance:

    – Park at the most distant part of the truck stop lot. This will increase the distance you walk every day.

    – Use the truck as a measured distance and then walk around it until you have achieved your target distance;

    – Use the lower step as a stair climber by stepping up and down with a stretch between each set;

    – Lean into the fender and push away as a mild push-up exercise;

    – Hold on to the bumper to steady yourself as you do a series of squats.

   An excellent website with everything you need to know about weight reduction and getting more fit is at


Vermont is a special place at all times of the year, but perhaps never so enthralling as her summertime vistas such as
this one taken from

U.S. Route 2 near Marshfield.


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

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

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