In the construction industry, safety is of utmost importance. With the environment and conditions on projects changing frequently and with people and equipment moving constantly, knowledge and training in safe practices are vitally important.
The Nevada Subcontractors Association is constantly looking for ways to help its members improve workplace safety.
At our Summer Membership Meeting, we hosted a discussion featuring leaders from the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS), the state government agencies tasked with enforcing workplace safety laws and helping employers and employees create and maintain safe and healthy workplaces. Leaders of OSHA and SCATS shared insights for minimizing risks to employees’ safety and employers’ bottom lines.
In the fall, the NSA hosted a free training seminar with the Program Coordinator for Nevada OSHA, Jess Lankford, who discussed fall protection and scaffold safety (see image). Principals and safety directors of NSA members gained valuable insight into these areas of workplace safety, which are responsible for a significant portion of workplace injuries.
In November and again this month, the NSA is offering a virtually free 10-hour OSHA Construction Training Course. This training is required by Nevada law for most construction workers and can cost hundreds of dollars for each employee. Through this program, employees of NSA members can receive this training, taught by a NV SCATS instructor, for just the $5.00 cost of the OSHA card.
Providing a safe workplace isn’t just good practice, it’s smart business. The NSA is on the forefront of safety and we’re constantly working with our members and others to help our members maintain a safe workplace and keep their employees healthy and safe.