Half-Day Work Zone Safety Workshop scheduled in Pittsfield, Taunton & Bedford!

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Make sure you are up-to-date with all the latest in work zone safety with our Work Zone Safety workshop scheduled throughout March!

Just in time for:

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7, 2017!

Course Description:

There is no room for error when working next to traffic! It is important for personnel to have a solid understanding of work zone safety, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and proper temporary traffic control plans. This workshop will discuss the roles of individuals at the work zone, the elements that create a work zone and will provide an opportunity to set up a practice work zone.

Who Should Attend?

Public Works professionals in both management and operations who are involved in establishing and/or working in a work zone.

Instructor

Tom Boudreau

Tom Boudreau is currently the Highway Surveyor for the Town of Warren. He holds an Associates Degree in Small Business Management and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Reserve Police Academy. Immediately after high school, Tom started and operated a small landscaping business for 15 years. He also has almost 20 years of experience as a CDL Class B driver. Tom has also worked as a district leader in a financial services company and as a grounds man responsible for training new hires for a tree company.

Dates & Locations

March 1, 2017- Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield, 1032 South Street, Routes 7 & 20, Pittsfield, MA 01201

March 22, 2017- Holiday Inn Taunton, 70 Myles Standish Blvd, Taunton, MA 02780

March 29, 2017- DoubleTree, Boston- Bedford Glenn, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

Click here and sign up today!

National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 3-7, 2017)

Each year in the spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Since 1999, FHWA has worked with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to coordinate and sponsor the event. Over the years, other transportation partners have joined the effort to support NWZAW. In addition to a National event conducted each year, many States host their own NWZAW events

Learn more information about National Work Zone Safety and National Work Zone Awareness Week at:

http://www.atssa.com/events/nationalworkzoneawarenessweek.aspx

Public Works @ MassDOT’s Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange!

At this year’s Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange, we are incorporating a bigger and BETTER first floor dedicated to municipalities in the Commonwealth!

LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS every 15 minutes!

Can you walk through a work zone without your vision?

Find out at the up-close and personal pedestrian accessibility demonstration.

Do you need Class 2 Hoisting CEU’s?

Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith has you covered via hands on training with Driving Simulators & Heavy Equipment!

See how DRONES may be the missing link you never knew you needed!

The First Floor of Innovation can answer all your questions for one low price of $75!

Click Here to Register Now!

Baystate Roads offering Wood Chipper Training & Safety!

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Course Description:

The Wood Chipper Training & Safety workshop will improve your safety skills and knowledge while operating a chipper. Chipper operator safety depends on the ability to properly maintain and operate equipment, to help avoid serious injury or death.

Hands on training will be provided.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who uses a Chipper in their daily or occasional work to maintain property, storm damage cleanup, right-of-way clearing, etc.

*Participants should bring PPE- Safety Helmet, Eye & Ear Protection

Instructor:

Michael St. Peter, Safety Services for Forest Industries

Michael St. Peter has 39 years experience in the forest products industry. He has developed videos, curriculum and manuals for professional development. Mike has provided loss prevention and risk management services to Maine’s forest products industry. His clients include Maine’s Certified Logging Professionals Program, State of Maine DOT, OSHA, paper mills, sawmills and public utility companies.

Class is limited to 20

Date & Location

March 16 & 17, 2017- Westford DPW, 28 North Street, Westford, MA

Gravel Roads is now open for registration!

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Gravel Road Maintenance: When the Dust Settles with Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith! This hands on course includes a site visit and inspection of a gravel road.

Course Description:

This workshop will present attendees with a basic understanding of gravel and gravel roads. It will provide information on factors affecting the condition of gravel roads and the proper techniques for maintaining a gravel road.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Crown and slope control
  • Proper blade technique
  • Grader operations
  • The benefits of dust control
  • Drainage effects on gravel roads

Audience:

Anyone involved in gravel road maintenance, from DPW Directors to the street level employees

Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith

Mike Smith was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. Mike was responsible for day to day operation and long range planning for the municipality.

Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, Massachusetts, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. Mike can be reached at: mdsmith@umass.edu


Registration can be done on our website:

http://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/umtc/Baystate_Roads.asp

Or you may contact Cindy Schaedig at cschaedig@ecs.umass.edu

Trenching & Excavating Safety workshops available in Beverly and Pittsfield!

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Join us for our redesigned Trenching & Excavating Safety: Competent Person workshop with Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith!


Course Description:

What does it mean to be a “Competent Person” in Trenching and Excavation Safety?

The OSHA excavation standard states that a competent person is: “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees and has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.”

OSHA states that you must have specific training in and knowledge to perform soil analyses, determine the protective system to be used in excavations and conduct daily inspections.

This seminar will present individuals with training in the following areas:

  •  Conducting site inspections
  •  Establishing proper access & egress
  •  Identifying potential environmental hazards
  •  Determining soil composition & classification
  •  Implementing protective systems (sloping, shoring, shielding)

Who Should Attend?

Public Works professionals both management  and operations, involved in trenching and excavation who desire “competent person” proficiency in trenching/ excavations as it applies to OSHA regulations.

Dates and Locations:

February 21, 2017 – Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA 02494

February 23, 2017 – Wylie Inn & Conference Center, 295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

March 2, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield, 1032 South Street, Routes 7 & 20, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Technical Training Specialist: Mike Smith

Mike Smith was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. There he was responsible for day to day operation and long range planning for the municipality.
Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, Massachusetts, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction.


More information and registration is available at:

http://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/umtc/Baystate_Roads.asp

Or contact Brenda Codella at bcodella@umass.edu

Now offering Alternative Intersections & Interchanges: Concepts and Applications!

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Course Description:

Signalized intersections are one of the most common forms of intersection control in urban and suburban areas in the US, and have traditionally worked reasonably well to control vehicular movements. However, many conventional signalized intersections are plagued by poor safety performance, operational challenges, or both.

Over the past decade, alternative intersection and interchange concepts have seen increasing use across many state and local agencies, and with strategic support from FHWA are becoming a more commonplace alternative to traditional signalized intersections.

This course provides an overview of alternative intersection and interchange concepts, and the performance and design concepts that result in their operational and safety benefits over traditional signals. The course will then introduce the most common forms of alternative intersections, and discuss tradeoffs and areas of application for each.

The instructors for this one-day course will cover these topics:

  • Alternative Intersection and Interchange concepts
  • Overview of most common types of alternative designs
  • HWA’s Every Day Counts Initiative and focus on alternative designs
  • FHWA Alternative Intersection and Interchange Guides Overview (2014)
  • Multimodal accommodations at alternative designs
  • Operations, safety, and design principles
  • Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) Intersections
  • Median U-Turn (MUT) Intersections
  • Displaced Left Turn (DLT) Intersections
  • Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDI)

Who Should Attend?

This course is appropriate for planners, engineers, and public officials responsible for planning, design, and operating signalized intersections.

Dates and Locations:

December 6, 2016 – Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035

December 7, 2016 – Clark University Southborough Satellite Campus, Southborough Business Complex, 333 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772

Instructor:

Bastian Schroeder, PhD, PE

Bastian Schroeder is a Principal Engineer with Kittelson and Associates in North Carolina. He served as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on over 25 funded projects, for sponsors including FHWA, NCHRP, SHRP2, ITE, NCDOT and others. Dr. Schroeder served as chief editor for the 2nd edition ITE Manual of Transportation Studies, was lead author on the new FHWA Diverging Diamond Interchange Informational Guide, and oversaw the development of all freeway chapters in the 6th Edition of Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) expected in 2016. Dr. Schroeder has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, and has given numerous presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Seven of his papers were recognized with Best Paper Awards, including the 2010 D. Grant Mickle Award by TRB. He is a certified instructor with the FHWA National Highway Institute (NHI) and PTV America. He is a member of the TRB Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service, the TRB committee on roundabouts, the newly-formed TRB Simulation Task Force, and he chairs the North Carolina Simulation and Capacity Model users Group (SimCap) for ITE.

 

Snow and Ice Operations is filling up quick!

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This course will teach planning for winter weather and cover:

  •  The proper use of salt and liquid anti-icers and the environmental impacts
  •  Pre wetting and pre-treating
  •  Anti-icing vs. De-icing
  •  The use of sand and it’s environmental impact
  •  Equipment calibration, usage specification and technology
  •  Snow and ice policy for public review
  •  Cost benefit analysis of salt vs. sand

Who Should Attend?

All drivers, foreman, supervisors, and anyone who will be responsible for snow and ice removal. Finance committee members, selectmen and mayors are also encouraged to attend.

Instructor:

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is the Baystate Roads Technical Training Specialist. He was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. Mike was responsible for day to day operation and long range planning for the municipality.
Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, Massachusetts, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. Mike can be reached at: mdsmith@umass.edu

Dates and Locations:

October 25, 2016 – Hilton Garden Inn, 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

November 1, 2016 – Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

November 2, 2016, Crowne Plaza Boston – Woburn, 15 Middlesex Canal Park, Woburn, MA 01801

November 3, 2016 – Concord Colonial Inn, 8 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742

November 16, 2016 – Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

December 14, 2016 – Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035