News Release USDL: 97-238
Tuesday, July 15, 1997
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming, (202) 219-8151
Scaffold User Course Now Available Nationwide
Workers and employers who want training to help them
recognize and minimize scaffold hazards can now get it from 12
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training
Institute Education Centers and various United Brotherhood of
Carpenters (UBC) training sites around the country.
The new scaffold user course is a one-day training program
specially designed to satisfy the training requirements of OSHA's
new scaffold standard, which became effective Nov. 29, 1996. It
covers such risks as falls, falling objects, electrical hazards
and access to and from the scaffold. The course also addresses
proper scaffold use, material handling, maximum loads for
scaffolds and other OSHA requirements. Before the new standard
took effect, more than 9,500 workers were injured and 80 workers
killed annually in scaffold mishaps.
The course was developed by the Scaffold Training
Partnership, a joint venture of the OSHA Training Institute (Des
Plaines, Ill.), the OSHA Directorate of Construction, the UBC
Apprenticeship and Training Fund and the UBC Health and Safety
Fund. Both UBC groups are union-management organizations
associated with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
of America. The U.S. Department of Energy also participated in
the partnership and assisted in the development of the course.
"We are delighted to be able to extend this course to many
more construction workers through our education centers and UBC
training sites," said Gregory R. Watchman, acting assistant
secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "By
working with labor and management partners, we have created a
course that will help both employers and workers work more safely
on scaffolds and realize the promise of the new standard in
reducing deaths and injuries."
G. Ray Medlin, Jr., executive director of the UBC Health &
Safety Fund of North America, said, "This course, developed
jointly by our staff and OSHA, shows what great things can be
accomplished by government and the private sector working
together for a common good. We are very pleased with the
partnership we have been able to forge with OSHA on this
important safety issue. We hope that others in government,
management and labor will join us."
Staff from the OSHA Training Institute, the two Carpenters
funds and the Department of Energy worked closely together to
develop the program for workers who use scaffolds to perform
construction work. OSHA's scaffolding standards, issued Aug. 30,
1996, are expected to prevent about 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths
each year among the 2.3 million U.S. construction workers who
work on scaffolds frequently.
The Carpenters plan to offer the training at 250 sites.
Other union-management groups also planning to train workers
The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft
The International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators
and Asbestos Workers,
The National Training Fund of the Sheet Metal and Air
The MOST program affiliated with the International
Brotherhood of Boilermakers and the National Association of
Construction Boilermaker Employers,
The Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management
Cooperation Fund, and
The Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America.
OSHA Training Institute Education Centers
|Keene State College
|Niagara County Community College
|Nat'l Resource Center for OSHA Training
|Georgia Tech Research Institute
|Great Lakes Regional OSHA Training Consortium
||St. Paul, Minn.
|Motor City Education Center
|The Nat'l Safety Education Center
|Southwest Education Center
|Maple Woods Community College
||Kansas City, Mo.
|Rocky Mountain Education Center
|Pacific Coast Training Center
||San Diego, Calif.
|University of Washington
|UBC Apprenticeship and Training Fund
|UBC Health & Safety Fund