OSHA Grant Allows NAHB to Offer Fall Protection Safety Courses to HBAs Free of Charge

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[caption id="attachment_16382" align="alignright" width="300"] The HBA of Greater Kansas City offered the course to members in December 2018.[/caption] NAHB, in partnership with the Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), has received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The grant will allow NAHB and JSI to continue offering the Fall Prevention in Residential Construction course at no cost to NAHB members across the country. The grant was given as part of the Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants, which are designed to provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. JSI will continue to offer the fall prevention training course to NAHB's federation of home builders associations across the country. The training will reach more than 600 employers and workers in the residential construction industry, and will be offered in both English and Spanish. “NAHB has a strong commitment to jobsite safety, and we are grateful that this grant allows us to continue offering NAHB members this important safety course at no cost to them,” said Bob Hanbury, chairman of NAHB’s Construction Safety and Health Committee. “Improving construction safety and protecting lives is our top priority,” said JSI Executive Director J. Gary Hill. “We appreciate the support of OSHA in allowing us to continue reaching a wide audience in the residential construction industry with our important safety courses.” The fall prevention course is available free of charge to NAHB members and is typically offered through HBAs thanks to the grant. The course is a four-hour session that teaches participants how to:
  • Recognize common fall hazards in residential construction
  • Identify processes when fall protection is required
  • Determine which protective system to use for a given fall hazard
  • Understand key requirements and basic safety practices for ladders and scaffolding.
For more information on the Fall Prevention in Residential Construction course or to offer it through your HBA, please contact Christian Culligan at 202-266-8590. NAHB offers its members a number of other resources on jobsite safety, including courses, webinars, toolkits and videos. During the NAHB International Builders’ Show, industry attendees also have the opportunity to visit the Jobsite Safety Zone where they can see the latest cutting-edge construction safety products and hear from industry leaders on practical training tips and the latest advancements in jobsite safety.  

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