Through the OSHA and MCAA Alliance, MCAA members and staff along with representatives from the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America and Associated General Contractors Training Fund conduct a Masonry Best Practices Seminar for OSHA federal, State Plan State and On-site Consultation Program representatives. More than 50 attendees participated at the following seminars:
The seminar focuses on masonry industry safety methods for overhead bricklaying, fall protection, material handling and scaffold access. Following the classroom sessions, seminar participants are provided hands-on training on rough terrain forklift operation, scaffolding techniques and masonry basics, among other demonstrations.
Bill McDonald, OSHA Region VII, St. Louis, Missouri Area Director, USDOL-OSHA said, "The interaction between our compliance personnel and the masonry industry was outstanding. Many issues were brought to the table by both sides and addressed in a manner that I believe will lead to increased cooperation and understanding and improved compliance and safety for the industry."
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