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Video Conference

Backing Safety & Blind Spot Awareness

  • Nov 28, 2017 (9:00 - 12:00 pm CT; 8:00 - 11:00 am MT)
    Video Conference (designated rooms at DOT sites)


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The above opportunity and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).


According to the National Safety Council, one out of four vehicle accidents can be blamed on poor backing techniques. Backing accidents are responsible for 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year. The use of safe vehicle backing tips by employers and employees can help prevent accidents while on and off the job.

This presentation will discuss means to minimize runover and backover incidents in the workplace. Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the functions and purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities.
  • Explain the most common cause of death and injury for roadway construction workers.
  • Understand why workers on foot are vulnerable to runover and backover incidents in heavy and highway construction.
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities all members have with regards to backing.


Bruce Drewes began his career in transportation over 33 years ago as a pipe layer for a construction company in Idaho. After being buried in a trench twice, he successfully pursued a career with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). As a project manager for ITD, Drewes became involved with OSHA and MSHA requirements for construction. For the past 10 years, he has been involved in the Safety Fest of Northwest as a founding partner and instructor. Drewes is currently a contract instructor, providing safety related programs across the U.S. with a focus on local agencies.

Target Audience

All staff responsible for operating vehicles in and around the workplace.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050