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November 20, 2002

L&I and AGC team up to co-sponsor construction safety seminars

TUMWATER - The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors and the Department of Labor & Industries have teamed up to produce a series of construction safety seminars in the Spokane area.

The Construction Safety Training Classes are being held twice monthly. They began in late October and will run through March 26. All of the classes are free. They start at 3 p.m. and last two to four hours. All of the seminars are being held in Room 109 of the Spokane Community College's Apprenticeship & Journeyman Training Center, 2110 N. Fancher Road in Spokane. No pre-registration is required.

The training programs are open to apprentices and journeymen alike and will provide credits for apprenticeship continuing education programs. Those attending the classes will receive a punch card and sticker for their hardhat, attesting to the fact they completed the training.

"When a construction worker goes out to a job site, the contractor has no way of knowing how well trained the person is," said Dennis Larson, L&I's manager of insurance/consultation services in Region 6. "This will give them a card explaining the modules of training they've had, plus a sticker for their hard hat. Up to six of the classes will be continuing education units in their apprenticeship programs.

The seminars are being taught by L&I's WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act) Services staff and members of the AGC. The next class is tomorrow afternoon and will be a four-hour session covering fall protection. Following is the remaining schedule of classes and subjects to be covered:

  • Nov. 20 - Fall Protection
  • Dec. 4 - Electrical Safety
  • Dec. 18 - Asbestos Awareness
  • Jan. 8 - Forklift Safety
  • Jan. 29 - Confined space
  • Feb. 12 - Aerial Lifts
  • Feb. 26 - Health Hazards
  • Mar. 12 - Ladders and Scaffolds
  • Mar. 26 - Ergonomics Awareness

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