Harwood Fall Prevention Training on the Road

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineMay 7, 2019
by Matt Tanger


A spring Wisconsin snowstorm failed to derail more than 30 framers from attending fall prevention training at Altman Construction Company, Inc. in Wisconsin Rapids on April 11. Provided by the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) and its National Framers Council (NFC), this was the first class held off-site rather than at SBCA’s offices in Madison, an important step in getting this valuable information out to more framers. Reactions to the course, which is made possible by the Susan Harwood Training Grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), were positive.

Both Ed Altman, owner, and Tom Altman, general manager, said they give regular training to their employees but were interested in the hands-on portion of the training. The added benefit of talking through bracing methods and truss installation on a full-size truss assembly has been a selling point since the start of the grant.

“This was great,” Tom said as he helped association staff load up in a heavy snowfall. “Having the truss setup was something new. I think our guys got a lot out of having you up here.”

Chris Tatge, NFC Executive Director and lead trainer, said he is pleased with how well the class went. “It’s not always easy to get framers to talk about what they do or admit areas they need to improve on,” he said. “Bringing training to their facility is a different dynamic and I think they’re more comfortable speaking up.”

Automated Products, Inc. in Marshfield, Wisconsin donated the trusses used in the hands-on portion of the training in which proper installation, bracing, and fall prevention anchor points are discussed in detail.  

“These classes are proving we have the ability to reach guys and drive home the point of NFC,” Chris said. “Work safely. Go home safely.”

For more details on upcoming classes or to request a class in your city, please  visit the NFC website.

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