Montana LTAP – Safety Webinars 2011-2017
Next Monthly Safety Webinar: February 28, 2017, Tuesday: Hand & Eye Safety & PPE
January 31, 2017: Slips, Trips, and Falls
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p27sojer8jj/ Montana Association of Counties’ Loss Risk Specialist, Jim Muskovich, reviewed important aspects of keeping workers' backs safe in the workplace and importance of being aware of ingress/egress of equipment. MT LTAP Field Engineer Sam Gianfrancisco added valuable safety scenarios on 3-point contact also. Topics included 3-Point Contact, Common Injuries on Insurance Claims for Heavy Equipment Operators, Back Protection, Shop Safety, Slips-Trips-Falls, other training resources.
December 20, 2016: Best Management Practices for Cattle Guards/Car Gates
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p787ztbq290/ With liabilities always a concern, let's design the safest cattle guard/car gate we can, but have documentation in place specifying what your county requires for installation and cleaning. In this webinar, Sam Gianfrancisco, MT LTAP Field Engineer, discusses with John Stokes, Pondera County Road Administrator, various cattle guard or car gate designs. Emphasis is placed on the county's liability and importance of having encroachment permits and resolutions. Following are a few county examples of both, plus a design:
- Pondera County Encroachment Agreement
- Pondera Cattle Guard Additional Considerations
- Pondera Cattle Guard Measurements
- Prairie County Cattle Guard Policy
- Dawson County Cattle Guard Petition
November 15, 2016: Work Zone Safety for Low Volume Roads
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p8jd733lqdb/ Do you have an MUTCD? The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is the standard for our nation. Within the MUTCD is Chapter 5 for low volume road signage. For 30 minutes, Sam Gianfrancisco, MT LTAP Field Engineer, along with Shawna Page, High Country Safety Training, and Steve Kurk, Town of Manhattan, cover temporary traffic control, flagging issues, and importance of wearing correct retroreflective apparel to keep all safe in a work zone. Use the electronic version of the 2009 MUTCD at this site: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/
October 11, 2016: Hearing Safety, What's the Buzzhttps://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p34eoh8fqro/ How important is your hearing? This 30-minute webinar covers aspects of the human ear and how it functions as well as how to prevent hearing loss through using PPE; controlling high noise levels in the work place; understanding loud equipment and OSHA Decibel Limits; importance of audiometric testing; and being proactive in your work place.
September 20, 2016: Winter Safety for Montana Roadways
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p83rpmig6yi/ With winter just around the corner, Steve Kurk, retired City of Bozeman Lead Operator, along with Sam Gianfrancisco, LTAP Consultant, cover varying aspects of how to prepare winter equipment, specifically snow plows, and prepare crew. Topics covered include: • Equipment Pre-Inspection Walk-Arounds • Ingress and Egress of Equipment • Backing Safety • Abrasives: Pros and Cons • Written Snow Plow Policies • Training New Drivers
April 19, 2016: Low Volume Road Signage
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p88qcs20r8w/ Because the majority of Montana roadways are low volume, this webinar covers the variety of signage to use on these types of roads, Chapter 5 in the MUTCD, in this webinar: What is a low-volume road • Application of signs on low volume roads • Design of Signs for low-volume roads • Placement • Types of Signs• When to use “No Traffic” signs • Traffic Control for Highway-Rail • Temporary Traffic Control Zones
March 22, 2016: Roadway Signs
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p84h7zi0fj5/ Vital for roadway travel, signage is a much requested topic. During this safety webinar, topics reviewed include from MUTCD Chapter 2: • Excessive Use of Signs • Design of Signs • Maintaining Minimum Retroreflectivity • Posts and Mountings• Size of Regulatory Signs • STOP Sign Application • Speed & Weight Limit Signs • Warning Signs • Object Marker Design and Placement Height.
February 16, 2016: Front End Loader Safety
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p925i9zctz8/ For this webinar, safety aspects are reviewed when operating a front end loader:• Review Front End Loader Design • Pre-Start Inspection and Procedures • Safety Concerns when driving the Front End Loader • Remembering those general safety operating procedures • Stockpiling with the Front End Loader and Safety Concerns when Digging Banks • Efficient Loading Cycles • Hand Signals
January 19, 2016: Forklift Safety
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p564xpia6dc/ Due to recent inquiries for forklift certification from local governments, this 30-minute contains a two part training session regarding forklift safety issues. Safety issues included forklift design, controls and instrumentation; forklift versus car; pre-inspection necessity; load stability and the fulcrum point; hazards concerning forklift loads; and importance of forklift training for crew members.
December 15, 2015: Winter Maintenance
1st Half: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p5w0hd6pc8n/ (Slides 1-17; 30 minutes). 2nd Half: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p682cqz3sii/ (Slides 18-32; 13 minutes) With recent winter storms in Montana this webinar provides practical information for maintaining snow and ice packed roads. this material outlined includes abrasives, salt and abrasive mixtures, application rates, importance of pre-wetting anti-icers to stop scatter loss, dew point issues, snow fences and their application to save mechanically snow removal costs, and snow plowing policies. Click here for one-page Snow Plowing Policies from Montana LTAP.
November 24, 2015: Public Relations
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p6byq19vz5z/ This webinar reviews communication avenues for local governments dealing with the public. Topics included Listening Skills, Communication Process, Fine Line between listening and abuse, managing expectations, snow plow policy, and problem solving. Also provided is the following template for Obstruction of Vision/Roadway Concern Notification Form again (see September 22, 2015) as a possible avenue for working with the public: Click here for template for Obstruction of Vision/Roadway Concern Notification form
October 20, 2015: Trench Safety and Gravel Pit Concerns
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p6e3aak4ax1/ This morning's webinar covered safety issues with trenching and soil classifications when dealing with culvert placement and excavations such as gravel pits. Several scenarios are provided where actual stories of people who were buried by trench walls collapsed on them. Other discussions included soil types A, B, C and protective measures for workers in the trench of sloping and benching, and shoring and shielding. Click here for four OSHA handouts discussed on the webinar: 1 OSHA Poster, 2 OSHA fact sheets, 3 OSHA safety card, 4 OSHA booklet.
September 22, 2015: Keys to Safer Intersections & Reduced Liability
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p93xauo1hvd/ This webinar has Montana Department of Transportation's Roy Peterson and Kraig McLeod, reviewing intersection safety, appropriate signage at intersections, and liability issues involving state and local governments' road right of ways and home owners involvement. Click here for template for Obstruction of Vision/Roadway Concern Notification form. Click here for handout on Keys to Safer Intersections.
July 14, 2015: ABC's of First Aid
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p1cyftsv1cl/ Various First Aid methods are examined and what is available for the following types of incidents: ABC = Airway, Breathing, Circulation; Broken Bones & Slings & Splints; Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke & Burns; Rattlesnake Bites & Tick Bites & Bee Stings; First Aid Kits & Add Ins.
June 16, 2015: Weed Mowing Safety & Mobile Operations
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p7y3i3q99ue/ Information provided includes: Importance of being trained, PPE when weed mowing or when on mobile equipment, Understanding slope or incline danger, Why pack a first aid kit and have knowledge of heat exhaustion, Brush fire concerns, Mowing extremely tall grass and mowing noxious weeds.
May 19, 2015: Road Stabilization
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p5n5fx189lf/ Various aspects of building and designing gravel roads are discussed including the importance of understanding why roads deteriorate. Various methods of maintaining a road to keep it stable are presented.
April 21, 2015: Electrical Safety
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p528jmgbeh1/ What are electrical dangers on the job: electricity can be a killer; Types of Electrical Burns; Overhead Power Line Danger; Call before you dig – Yes, all Montana Street and Road Departments must call! It’s the Law!; PPE for Electrical Hazards; Electrical cord safety; MT LTAP Resources on electrical safety; DVD on electrical safety available from MT LTAP library also.
March 24, 2015: Back Safety & Slips, Trips, & Falls
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p24yjlabrfp/ Back safety and 3-Point Contact for Equipment Ingress/Egress are covered in this webinar. Common Back Injuries caused by equipment operation, slips in shops due to wet or greasy floors, stairs and ladder safety, putting together a safety template available from MT LTAP, along with various slips, trips, and falls safety videos and DVDs available from MT LTAP library.
February 24, 2015:Leadership and Becoming a Leader
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p1guspwidhj/ How to become a leader and leadership qualities are discussed. What components are included: natural laws, value of product vs worker, leader vs manager, highest form of human motivation, communication skills, and parts of effective teamwork.
January 20, 2015: Temporary Traffic Control for Low Volume Roads
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p7k9tamb834/ Work zone safety: what determines low volume roads in a temporary traffic work zone; understanding temporary traffic control as seen in Chapter 6 of the MUTCD; various TTC signs to be used for low volume roads in a work zone; ANSI 2 or ANSI 3 required safety vests; when are flaggers assigned to a work zone; the importance of keeping your flaggers certified and the liability issues if you don't; review of the five parts of a work zone.
December 16, 2014: Winter Survival
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p8s8604b63a/ Outlined are various winter survival topics including: standard safety for winter travel; carbon monoxide and hypothermia as it relates to winter stranded automobile fatalities; proper layering of winter clothing; winter survival priorities; and what's in your winter survival kit.
December 9, 2014: Winter Maintenance
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p739a9sct6h/ What is included in winter maintenance: sand/salt mixtures, deicing concerns, the importance of know about the dew point, having a winter maintenance policy, attributes of snow fences, and how to train snow plow drivers. MACRS President Ovila Byrd, Flathead County Road Department offered real life situations his county has dealt with when plowing roads.
October 2014: Load Securement
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p3c7d5n8755/ Doug Nisbet, Lewis & Clark County, provided information from real life experiences on the following: Overview of proper loading, positioning, and securing; Why have a properly secured load; Force of Gravity Percentages regarding weight of cargo; Different types of securement approaches; Understanding Working Load Limits of Tie-downs; Observations of damaged or weakened tie-down components.
September 2014: PASER Inventories
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p9h1fbnlvkj/ The 2008 Gravel Roads Inventory from Montana County Road Departments was reviewed; what ratings mean with photo examples; review of several county's inventories and comparisons to 2013/2014; cost of improving roads better known as good roads cost less; Interactive webinar where participants rate several roads; review of importance of sending in road ratings for 2014/2015.
August 2014: Truck Driving Safety
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p2jhq2tfpa2/ Dave Sutton, Retired Cascade County Road Supervisor, discussed the importance of the Seven Step Vehicle Inspection/Tire Inspection; 3-point Contact and Backing Safety; Points on Controlling Speed; Managing Driving Space; Winter Issues; Distracted Driving; and Review of Air Brake Systems.
July 2014: Skid Steer Safety
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p5z7acn2y57/ Safety considerations and operations of a skid steer are reviewed along with skid steer safety concerns such as moving parts, possible decapitation, loss of limbs, visibility and stability. The versatility of the skid steer and its many uses are also covered.
June 2014: Road Millings
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p12oc7ww2x3/ Mo Henman, Retired Yellowstone County Road Department - now Western Emulsions, covered:
- Brief discussion on when to pave
- Basic Use of Road Millings
- Importance of Preparing and Shaping Gravel Road
- Dump Trucks and Uses
- Steps for Laying Out Millings
- Reclamite or Not
- Options and Review. Mitch Urdahl, Gallatin County Road Supervisor, also provided informative comments on road millings in his county.
April 2014: Gravel Road Materials and Specifications
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p8eegwdam14/ Topics covered: Keys to Longevity of Gravel Roads; Montana's Standard Prism Design; Gravel Road Gradation Requirements and Plasticity; Using Sieve Analysis to Understand Gravel Specifications; Process for Obtaining and Handling Good Gravel; and Calculating Gravel Volume. Jerry Otto, Hill County Road Supervisor, and Ovila Byrd, Flathead County Road Supervisor, added their comments also.
March 2014: Work Zone Safety for Low Volume Roads
- MUTCD: Traffic Control Devices for Low Volume Roads – Chapter 5
- Importance of ANSI 2 and ANSI 3 Safety Vests
- Who Needs to Wear Retroreflective Vests
- Montana Law Regarding Work Zones
- Work Zone Signage
February 2014: Back, Hand, & Eye Safety (PPE)
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p4sb7ap7w5d/ Topics covered: •Heavy Equipment Operators - Most Common Injuries on Insurance Claims •Back Protection and Prevention for Equipment Operators •Importance of 3-Point Contact for Ingress/Egress •Basics of Hand Safety – Use of Correct Hand Protection •Eye and Face Protection
January 2014: Collaborations with Other Agencies
- Importance of Partnerships
- Who Are the Partners
- What Funding is Available
- Discussion with Others about TSEP
- other funding sources
December 2013: Winter Survival
- Carbon Monoxide Fatalities – Stranded Automobile – what do you do?
- Hypothermia – what it is and how to prevent it
- Winter Survival Priorities: Fire – Shelter - Signal
- Survival Kits
November 2013: Winter Maintenance
- Salt and Abrasives (sand) - When and where and how
- Liquid Anti-Icers - How they work and when to use them
- Snow Fencing - Cost saving mechanically removing drifted snow
- Suggested Snow Plowing Policy - Consistency throughout your district
- Training Snow Plow Drivers - Safety First
October 2013: Effective Public Relations
- Importance of Communication
- Public Notices or PSA’s
- Problem Solving
- Managing Expectations
September 2013: PASER Review
- Road Condition Inventories and how they provide valuable data for requesting funding to improve county roads or city streets
August 2013: Working in the Heat
- Wildland Fire Concerns
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Stroke
- Water and the human body
July 2013: Snakes and Ticks
- Identification of Ticks
- Diseases Ticks Carry
- Removal of Attached Tick
- Disposal of Ticks
- Procedures if Bitten by Rattlesnake
- Sawyer Snake Bite Kit
- Avoiding Snake Bites
June 2013: Signs & MUTCD
- Posting Signs in Urban vs Rural Settings
- Why post a bridge weight sign
- Uses of stop signs or yield signs; Low Voume Road signage; Railroad crossing signage
May 2013: Weed Mowing Safety
- Why do we mow?
- Importance of Safety Training
- Basics of Mowing Operation
- PPE – including Retroreflectivity Vest
April 2013: Temporary Traffic Control on Low Volume Roads
Items discussed were:
- What is a low volume road
- The law is on your side
- MUTCD requirements
- TTC signage vs liability
- Keeping your flagging crew safe
- Upcoming OSHA Inspections on Work Zones pdf
March 2013: Back Safety Basics:
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p2lm9065yyn/ This webinar covers basic safety for heavy equipment operators' back, especially Equipment Ingress/Egress. Here is a link to Montana LTAP's Safety Manual Template in case you do not have a safety manual for your department. This template will help you get started: MT LTAP Safety Manual Template