Pothole patching on Holly Corner Road Route 655 in Fredericksburg

We asked public works managers across Virginia for their input on the most important and urgent maintenance and safety issues to keep workers and work zones safe. With their input, we’ve created a two-day maintenance and safety training workshop specifically for public works employees covering everything from basic roadside safety to work zone hazards to storm preparations. If you’re a streets, roads or parks maintenance or transportation employee, you’ll want to attend one of the workshops to sharpen your safety awareness and hone your maintenance skills.

Taught through a series of modules, each section provides opportunities for group discussion around practical examples and real world scenarios.

All sessions are conducted in the classroom over two days. Modules include:

  • Roadside Maintenance Safety (work zone hazards, power lines, power tools, heavy equipment operations, mowing/chainsaw and tree work)
  • Excavating and trenching (work zone set-up, underground utilities, backhoe and excavator operations safety, cave-in prevention)
  • Road and Bridge Safety (temporary traffic control, flagger safety, fall hazards, winter road and bridge maintenance)
  • Storm Preparations (disaster and emergency preparations, forecasting and weather resources, equipment and supplies)

The cost for the 2-day workshop is $225 for local government employees including breakfast and lunch both days.


February 28 – March 1 | Advanced Technology Center | Virginia Beach
March 21 – 22 | VDOT Maintenance Training Academy | Thornburg
April 19 and 20 | VDOT Harrisonburg Residency | Harrisonburg

Instructor: Tony DeCresie is a nationally recognized transportation training expert specializing in heavy equipment operations and safety training. Working with UVA’s TTA/VA LTAP, Tony recently completed a series of winter maintenance workshops around the state, receiving much positive feedback and requests for more sessions. He’s now turning his attention to public works safety, leveraging his experience as a certified safety manager and expertise delivering a variety of OSHA and DOT safety training programs.

To bring a 2-day workshop to your location, please contact Robin Carpenter at rbh3c@virginia.edu or 434-982-2897.

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