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Safety Comes At An Outstanding Price During WOC: Overton Safety Training
Overton Safety Training has been assisting employers make their workplaces safer (and meet regulatory requirements in the process) for decades, and has established itself as the premier safety training company in the West – to say nothing of becoming the training provider for a number of large employers such as Safeway, Allied Building Products and ABC Supply. Overton Safety Training will be at World of Concrete with an astounding bargain for anyone who uses forklifts, aerial and scissor lifts, or who rigs loads as part of their business: three 4-hour "train the trainer" classes lead by Overton Safety Training’s lead instructor, Rob Scherbarth, that will give employers the tools and qualifications they need to teach safety to their peers.
"Federal law requires that employers train and qualify all their employees who operate forklift trucks, all their employees who operate boom and scissor lifts, and any employee who is rigging loads for cranes or provides spotting or signaling for mobile or tower cranes on a jobsite," said Ron Overton, owner and president of Overton Safety Training. "These classes give the employer a cost-effective way to get that training accomplished, so they can do it in-house, internally."
Cost-effective? That's putting it mildly, according to Overton, noting that all three of the programs that will be offered are being used across the country at hundreds of locations, both with employers and union training centers. "We do thousands of these programs every year," he said. "I wrote the curriculum for the Finishing Trades Union, for example, and there are quite a few branches of Pipefitters running it at their training centers. It's the same program they're running to prepare people coming out of their trade centers."
In the concrete industry, there are employers of every size; some have hundreds of employees, some have a dozen. These trainer workshops give employers of any size, the ability to do these required trainings with professional materials themselves – as well as the flexibility to get them done on their own schedules, and at reduced cost. Doing the trainings elsewhere can become an expensive proposition, especially for large employers.
"The average price of a rigging and signaling training program is somewhere between $325 and $595 a head," said Overton. "We're giving each attendee the materials and information to train 10 individuals of their own for under $900. And we're using the same exact materials the professional companies and unions use – they're all my materials."
Overton explains the employer still makes the decision as to whether or not the individual is competent. "We can train them and qualify them with the educational component," he said, "but of course it's still the employer's responsibility to assign people who are going to be competent and make the correct decisions."