News Release USDL: 96-513
Thursday, December 12, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-6441
Labor And Business Join OSHA In Launching Cooperative
Training Program For Scaffolds In Construction Work
Labor, business and the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) are launching a national cooperative
program to train workers to work safely under OSHA's new
scaffolds in construction standards.
The new Scaffold Training Partnership is sponsored by the
OSHA Training Institute in Des Plaines, Ill., in coordination
with the OSHA Directorate of Construction, the United Brotherhood
of Carpenters (UBC) National Apprenticeship and Training Fund,
and the UBC Health and Safety Fund, both union-management
organizations associated with the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of America. Commonwealth Edison, a large
Chicago-based electric utility, is joining the partnership as the
first industry partner.
"The partnership offers a unique opportunity for business,
labor, and government to work together to achieve the goals of
all stakeholders affected by the new scaffold standards," said
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Joseph A. Dear, who administers OSHA. "It is a 'win-win-win'
situation for all concerned, especially American workers."
Staff from the OSHA Training Institute and the two
Carpenters funds worked closely together in developing a training
program designed to meet the requirements of the standards, which
were issued Aug. 30, 1996. The scaffolding standards 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
The course will use a train-the-trainer approach. Locally
based instructors -- most of whom are from the Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committees affiliated with the United
Brotherhood of Carpenters -- will participate in a week-long
trainer-preparation course. The first three courses will be
conducted by master instructors from the UBC and the OSHA
Training Institute. The local instructors, in turn, will teach
the course developed through the partnership to workers who will
be engaged in construction, disassembling, moving, operating,
maintenance, repair, or inspection of scaffolds.
Commonwealth Edison, as an industry partner, helped develop
the partnership training program. The company's focus was on the
application of scaffold safety training in an operating facility.
The first instructor preparation course will be held Dec.16-20 in
Elk Grove, Ill.
Instructors who qualify through the partnership instructor
preparation course will also be able to teach a one-day Scaffold
Users Course developed jointly by the Carpenters and the OSHA
Training Institute to meet separate training requirements for
workers who stand on scaffolds to perform other construction