OSHA construction industry safety training offered in Asheville

Western Carolina University will offer an Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30-Hour Construction Industry Safety Training program Tuesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 23, at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Co-instructors George Ford and Ahmed Al-Bayati, associate professors in WCU’s Department of Construction Management, have developed a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in the construction industry.

In addition to providing an overview of the hazards a worker may encounter on a construction site, Ford and Al-Bayati will emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention. As a result of completing the course, students will gain greater insight into the various OSHA standards related to construction. A secondary goal of the course is for participants to understand the role of the competent person in adhering to the various construction safety standards.

“Years ago, while driving one of my crew to the emergency room to receive stitches, I realized my mechanic was injured because I had not enthusiastically enforced safety rules and had not personally performed daily audits of the worksite as a safety conscientious supervisor should. It was my fault he was injured,” Ford said. “I don’t want anyone else to have a similar experience.”

Ford worked for 15 years in the environmental, safety and health fields in hazardous materials, ventilation and HVAC areas. He is a licensed professional engineer, OSHA 500 certified and a LEED Accredited Professional. Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University, a master’s degree in civil engineering (environmental) from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate degree in education from WCU.

Ahmed has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry working in diverse areas of the field ranging from safety coordinator to site engineer. He is a certified professional engineer in the state of Michigan and an OSHA authorized trainer, and also is certified as a Construction Safety and Health Technician. He earned his doctorate in construction engineering from Western Michigan University.

The early bird registration cost is $300 per person through Wednesday, Jan.31; thereafter, the cost will be $360 per person. Participants may choose to complete the 10-Hour OSHA training by attending the first two days for a cost of $150.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 30-Hour or 10-Hour Construction Outreach Department of Labor course completion card within four to six weeks.

For more information about the workshop and full instructor biographies, and also to register, go to the program website or call 828-227-7397.

WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach extends access to education and training through innovative courses, programs and services for individuals and communities both locally and globally. For more information, go to edoutreach.wcu.edu.