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from each other’s expertise and the AMTA’s position as an
industry funded health and safety association.”
So far, feedback has been incredibly positive with some
companies already adding this course as a mandatory compo-nent
of their orientation. Although there are still many com-panies
that haven’t yet taken the course, Sherman knows
they are excited to start down that path.
“We’re in the busy season right now, but we’re expecting
to see a surge in participation in the spring when things begin
to soften up on the roads.”
This project and many more like it are only made possible
because the Alberta government utilizes the creative sentenc-ing
program to redirect funding otherwise destined for the
“A worker died due to a lack of training,” said Sherman.
“The least anyone can do is use the fine to ensure employers
have the tools to prevent it from ever happening again.” n
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“We are aiming to have the revised course online by fall
2020, going through and adding new footage, and new mate-rial
The AMTA has indicated that course costs moving into
2021 will be determined and communicated to members well
before it is put in place.
The AMTA has been working on many other programs
for the transportation industry, recently launching designa-tions
for safety professionals and creating 18 new courses
targeted towards safety, operations and HR professionals
In addition, the next two years will mark the beginning
of a strong push towards a more modern and diverse driver
development program that supports driver skills across a
broad range of equipment. This is just the beginning.
“It makes no sense that every company creates its own
training programs in isolation,” said Sherman. “Let’s benefit
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