On Tues., March 29, the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), in conjunction with curriculum and training provider Safety Controls Technology (SCT), hosted a Fall Prevention Worker Training Course in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The course was attended by 43 industry workers representing tower service and maintenance companies located in the Great Lakes region of the United States.
The Fall Protection Worker Training courses are offered free of charge to eligible participants and are made possible due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-27625-SH5) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. The training grant program honors Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA’s former Directorate of Health Standards, who passed away in 1996. Since 1978, approximately 2.1 million workers have been trained through this program.
The Fall Protection Worker Training course curriculum focuses on the hazards in the communication tower industry and includes employee rights, employer responsibilities, whistleblower protection, high angle rescue, principles of fall protection, principles of safe climbing, tower systems, testing safety climb systems, testing personal protective equipment (PPE) and conducting a job safety analysis.
“Through the offering of these grant-enabled Fall Prevention Worker Training Courses, NATE is helping small business achieve a culture of safety within their respective organizations,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “NATE is hosting eight additional Fall Prevention Worker Training Courses throughout the country in 2016 and I would encourage industry employers and employees to register to attend the session being held in their region of the country,” added Schlekeway.
NATE encourages interested industry employees and employers to visit the worker training page on the Association’s website for more information on the 2016 training sessions.