OSHA and the Operating Engineers Local 150 and the local's Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program (ASIP), based in Wilmington, Illinois, have renewed their alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training for heavy equipment employers and workers for another two years.
The alliance was first formed in May 2008 as a joint effort to promote a culture of worker safety and health within the heavy equipment operators' industry — including small businesses and apprenticeship training programs — through development and sharing of information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards associated with cranes, earth moving and other construction equipment, including operations associated with trenching and excavations and hazardous waste sites.
OSHA and ASIP will also work together to promote awareness of the agency's rulemakings, enforcement initiatives and safety campaigns, including an understanding of workers' rights and employer responsibilities. The partners will also speak, exhibit and appear at OSHA or ASIP conferences and apprenticeship training programs.
Local 150's training center is situated on 300-plus acres and boasts 342,000 square feet of space housing an indoor training area, almost 200 pieces of heavy equipment, 30 classrooms, construction material testing lab, state of the art welding facility, equipment simulator lab, and a 200-seat auditorium. Local 150 offers four apprenticeship programs: Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Repair Technician, Geothermal/Well Driller, and Construction Material Inspector (Field Inspector).
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