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Backing accident prevention kicks off online driver training series

Source: RMC Research and Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.

In advance of an online driver training series to be formally released at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks Conference & Expo in September, the RMC Research and Education Foundation has posted on YouTube a preview of a two-lesson module addressing truck backing safety.

The series will offer participants e-learning lessons 24/7, with backing accident prevention to be followed by lessons on equipment lock out/tag out procedures, plus slip, trip and fall prevention—topics leading Occupational Safety and Health Administration citation activity among ready mixed producers. The RMC Foundation has funded production of the first five lessons, launching them through the first quarter of 2015 with an eye toward an industry-specific, online safety library. Series access will be priced by timeframes during which ready mixed concrete drivers and their coworkers have unlimited lesson viewing. Accompanying each 20-minute lesson will be a quiz that can be taken repeatedly; once participants score 100, the service will generate proof of training.

The online training series roll out is exceptionally timely as ready mixed producers seek new drivers to meet growing production demands, RMC Foundation officials note. Safety training for drivers and other operational personnel, they add, is an absolute necessity and the flexibility of the new online series will help concrete companies advance best practices during plant and delivery downtime. Additional information can be obtained, or series access ordered, through NRMCA’s Jacques Jenkins, 240/485-1165, jjenkins@nrmca.org. Themed “Racing Toward Prosperity,” the 2014 ConcreteWorks runs September 21-23 at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis.