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August 23, 2013                                                                                      702-222-2362




Acclaimed University of Utah Professor of Mining Engineering brings practical and academic experience to occupational training and safety



(LAS VEGAS) –NAHETS, the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services, is proud to announce that Tom Hethmon, Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Utah, has joined the organization’s advisory board. Hethmon currently serves as the director of the University of Utah’s Center for Mining Safety and Health Excellence, and holds the Western Mining Presidential Endowed Chair in Mine Safety.


“We are thrilled to have an individual with such vast experience in occupational education as part of our team,” said Robert Albano, chief operating officer of NAHETS. “Our campus-based and on-site training programs are designed to prepare and certify workers in heavy equipment operation, and jobsite safety is the number one priority. Thomas brings innovation and insight that will enhance our training efficiency.”


Hethmon has more than 25 years of real world experience in promoting health and safety in the industrial and construction workplace. His career started in 1987 with Mobil Oil Corporation, and he has served as the director of occupational health and safety for Phelps Dodge Corporation, vice president of safety and occupational health for Rinker Materials Corporation, senior vice president of health, safety and environment for Dyno Nobel Corporation.  In addition to his duties at the University of Utah, Hethmon is also the principal of Hethmon Associates LLC, providing organizational and management consultation to clients on a global basis.


Hethmon has also won numerous awards, including the prestigious Highest Degree of Safety Award from the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, and he is the author of more than 70 publications, presentations and abstracts on occupational health and safety.


“One of the most effective ways to reduce risk and increase safety on the jobsite is through effective training from the start and where it counts – with the workers themselves,” said Hethmon. “NAHETS has more than a decade of experience in providing the kind of rigorous training that has both immediate and long-term impact.  As importantly, NAHETS is not only focused on ensuring quality training, but verifying competency, the next step.  I look forward to adding to their already impressive track record.”


The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services provides training and nationally-recognized certification in the operation of heavy construction equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, graders and cranes, as well as ready-mix driver certification. Certification is based on ADEPT, the Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Testing program that measures knowledge and abilities, including general knowledge of heavy equipment, heavy equipment safety, practical math applications, grades and site layout, soils, blueprint reading, basic earthmoving, and specific equipment functions.  Recently NAHETS introduces their dynamic Train-the Trainer Course that prepares and certifies company trainers to present NAHETS’ curriculum and conduct operator certification exams. Currently, more than 2,000 heavy equipment operators have received NAHETS certification, as well as almost 500 crane operators.


Through its Colleges of Construction in California, Oklahoma and Georgia, NAHETS has been providing comprehensive heavy-equipment training to military veterans and construction workers to meet industry needs throughout the country, from mining to construction and public works projects. “We provide this service in order to increase jobsite proficiency and reduce jobsite accidents because worker safety and quality training go hand-in-hand,” said Robert List, former Governor of Nevada and current NAHETS Board chairman.


In addition, NAHETS offers outcome-based training and certifications on the jobsite and can create training and certification programs for specialized equipment. “Workforce education and safety instruction is an ongoing process,” said Albano. “And we’ll bring that service right to where the construction activity takes place.”


With its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, Nev., NAHETS has members at The Georgia College of Construction in Atlanta, The Oklahoma College of Construction in Oklahoma City, and the Northern California College of Construction in Stockton. At these schools, entry-level operators receive intense, innovative and flexible heavy equipment training, earning certification that exceeds industry standards and ensures that certified operators are safe and effective.



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