Central South Scaffolder Requirements Heightened
The Central South Regional Council of Carpenters (CSCRC) has increased requirements for any of its scaffolders who work on jobsites throughout Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Now, any CSCRC scaffolder dispatched will, at a minimum, have completed the OSHA 10 and the 40-hour scaffold qualification courses.
The Council is already successfully running the enhanced scaffolding training program and is producing results on refinery, power generation, paper mills, petrochemical, and nuclear jobsites. In 2015 alone, about 1.5 million scaffold-specific man-hours were logged in these industries.
“We understand our role, and that is to give our employer the best scaffolding crew available,” said Jason Engels, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the CSCRC. “With this minimum requirement, our workforce is ready to deliver on this responsibility.”
The role that a scaffolding contractor plays on worksites is increasingly critical to the success of that project. Whether plans call for ground-supported, structure-supported, or suspended scaffolds, the key to success is consistently safe, productive work. Ensuring that success means a contractor should provide the project owner with a crew that’s trained, tested, and qualified to complete scaffolding work properly and according to time and budget constraints.
The training program includes qualification in all of these areas:
“We focus on intensive training in technical proficiency as well as soft skills such as understanding operations worksheets and daily work schedules. We also offer customized training and onsite training if the need arises,” Engels said.
Placing Safety Above All
“Above everything is the attention to safety,” Engels added. “We meet and exceed the highest level of OSHA and other industry safety standards and we require every scaffolder to learn and demonstrate, everyday, the most current safety practices in the industry.”
CSCRC safety training is done in partnership with OSHA. Training includes OSHA 10 & 30, MSDS, First Aid/CPR, Fall Protection, PITO, Ergonomics, and Automated External Defibrillator. Additional safety training stresses:
“We instill a core value of safe work by everyone, from apprentices to superintendents, via continuous training,” Engels added. “We team with the employer, project managers and owners on a project’s safety program to identify, assess, monitor, manage and eliminate risks.”
CSCRC standards regarding jobsite safety maintain consistent, safety-related communications among all stakeholders prior to and throughout the project’s life cycle. The level of safety training meets and exceeds the level of inherent risk factors. A “Zero-Tolerance” policy is also in effect at all times regarding safety infractions and near-misses.
In 2015, Central South journeymen carpenters logged about 30,000 hours of skill-upgrade scaffolding and OSHA training. Engels says this is just the foundation of skill and safety training from which CSCRC scaffolders work.
“We aren’t settling for anything less than elite skills and off-the-charts safety practices from our scaffolders,” Engels said. “It’s what our employers demand and what their customers deserve. We’re all in this together.”