Written by: Alanna Gerton, Project Assistant for NH LTAP
Mary Devine of United Rentals, and Beth Hamilton of the NH LTAP, met through a NAWIC event in 2013. The two professionals have become quite active within the #218 Granite State NAWIC chapter of the association, and quickly got to talking shop. It wasn’t long before Mary and Beth realized the overlap of service within their respective organizations, and began to mold this new relationship, full of opportunity and possibility.
Beth currently works as the Program Manager for the NH LTAP at the Technology Transfer Center. This grant-funded program provides education, technical assistance, and resources to those who design, maintain, and construct the state’s local roads and bridges. United Rentals, where Mary works as a Shoring Specialist, in the Trench Safety Division, provides a fleet of rental equipment for the use of commercial construction companies, individuals, and public works departments. Because United Rentals also offers training courses related to the equipment supply they loan, Beth and Mary narrowed down which educational sessions would best suit both their organizations’ needs. Their brainstorming sessions produced two offerings of workshops; Confined Space & Trench Safety, and Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training. These courses were offered during the past spring training semester at the NH LTAP, and held at United Rentals locations throughout the state. The NH LTAP formally recognized the courses as part of their Roads Scholar Program, and offered credit to those who attended. Both workshops were instructed by United Rentals Customer Training Specialist, Mark Lord which boasted classrooms of over 30 municipal workers each.
The success of the Confined Space & Trench Safety, and Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training workshops, is a reflection of the positive relationships that NAWIC fosters within the construction industry. What started as a networking opportunity soon unfurled into a professional partnership, the tangible results of which helped to educate public works employees throughout NH. Beth and Mary are proud of what they were able to accomplish, and hope to jointly facilitate more workshops in the near future.