FREDERICTON, N.B. — Independent truckers in New Brunswick will be required to take certain safety courses if they wish to continue working on provincial highway projects after April 1.
Operators of private trucks working on provincial highway projects and contracts will require basic training on: Occupational Health and Safety Orientation, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System training and Work Area Traffic Control Manual Awareness Training.
“Training and awareness programs are necessary steps to make construction sites safer,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams. “These measures will improve safety for private truckers, department employees, contractors and the public on highway contracts and projects.”
Contractors will have to confirm the operators have taken the required training. Operators will also be required to perform a daily pre-trip inspection of their truck.
The new requirements were developed in partnership with the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, according to the province.
The Work Area Traffic Control Manual Awareness Training is free and available online through the province’s Web site. The other two programs require a half-day or a full day to complete.
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