|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Charlotte Norgaard|
|Date: Sept. 16, 2014||(847) 493-7548|
NRCA Awarded $137,000 OSHA Grant, Will Conduct Fall-protection Classes in Coming Year
Rosemont, Ill. — The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced it has been awarded a $137,000 grant through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Susan Harwood Training Grant program. The grant will enable NRCA to continue to conduct its successful Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z course free of charge for a year and will include classes taught in Spanish.
"NRCA is acutely concerned with preventing roof-related falls. This OSHA grant has been and continues to be vital to that pursuit," says Tom Shanahan, NRCA's associate executive director of risk management. "It allows for one-on-one hands-on fall protection and prevention training that is importantly roofing specific."
Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z is a one-day class that provides updates on fall-protection systems and includes current OSHA state-plan requirements. It also features hands-on equipment demonstrations and techniques for self-rescue and relief of suspension trauma.
NRCA will conduct 12 classes in eight cities, including four classes in Spanish. An announcement of class dates and locations is forthcoming.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides grants to fund education and training for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury and illness prevention measures and inform them of their rights and responsibilities. This year, OSHA awarded $10,687,000 in grants to 78 non-profit organizations.
NRCA is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit www.nrca.net.