AGC to develop, conduct training on OSHA steel erection standard

OSHA awarded a $299,900 grant to the Associated General Contractors of America Friday for the group to develop and conduct training on OSHA’s new steel erection standard for contractors and their employees.

AGC will also distribute educational pamphlets and CDs that contain OSHA regulations, interpretations and publications regarding steel erection standards that took effect early this year. The AGC grant is one of more than $11 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants that were awarded to 64 nonprofit organizations for safety and health education.

“Outreach and education are important tools for us to use in reducing injuries and illnesses,” said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. “The grants will help these organizations train employees in targeted occupational safety and heath topics, and develop materials and curricula that will be made available to others so that a larger audience can benefit in the future.”

Stephen Sandherr, AGC chief executive, said the steel erection training program will add to the association’s current portfolio of educational material and will provide a valuable service to AGC members and the entire construction industry.

The training grants are named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment, who died in 1996. She helped develop OSHA standards to protect workers exposed to asbestos and lead in construction.