In the trades companies are continually fighting to keep accidents and injuries from happening. In fact, companies are scored with an EMR (experience modifier rate) which is a number used by insurance companies to determine the likelihood that a company will experience a worker’s comp claim.
On new construction or maintenance work contractors bid with host companies for work. In many cases a contractor will NOT be allowed to even bid a job if their EMR is too high. In short, host sites don’t want risky, unsafe contractors on their projects causing accidents and pulling them in the spot light of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
The mission of OSHA is to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. OSHA began as an Act signed into law in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. The Act then made way for the Administration as we know it to take shape and help American workers through safer working environments and conditions. While this Act helped motivate companies to start looking at their operations in a much safer manner, safety has evolved into so much more than just avoiding fines from OSHA. In fact, most companies have a suit that crunches the numbers on how much an accident or injury costs the company. Most of us think of an injury and we think lost pay and hospital bills, but to the company the costs run much deeper. There’s the hit on the workers comp so premiums may rise, the cost of HR filing paperwork and follow up on the injury, hiring someone to cover the hours lost, training the new person in the injured persons absence, and if equipment was involved then replacing the equipment, and on and on. I know, I know that sounds very unemotional when an accident means someone is hurt, but the bottom line is that if we are motivated in several ways to be safe then it’s a win-win. Companies don’t want OSHA fines or the costs involved with accidents and employees don’t want hurt.
The Kentucky Welding Institute is a welding school that knows what industry desires. They need employees who have been trained on the OSHA 1926 Construction Safety Standards. And KWI doesn’t just train and we don’t stop at an OSHA 10 card; all graduates receive their OSHA 30 card. The OSHA 30 card is the top shelf in safety training. As a graduate your resume will communicate to hiring companies that you know and understand how to be safe on their job sites. Now there are options for getting an OSHA 30 card. Most include 30 hours of power points and long lectures that leave you dozing off, but KWI’s welding training includes hands on OSHA 30 safety training.
An OSHA 30-hour card does mean that you’ve literally been through 30 hours of safety training. At KWI, we take the subparts of the OSHA 1926 Construction Standards and bring them to life! During fall protection training we get in harnesses and hoist you up so you know what if feels like to hang if you slip. When you cover fire protection we go outside, light fires and students all get to use fire extinguishers to knock down the flames. KWI instructors do live trainings on scaffold building, forklift operation, self-contained breathing apparatus, ladders and use rigging and signal an actual crane while flying objects to location. KWI is the weld school that believes that getting your hands dirty is not only a lot more fun, but it is actually a better way of experiencing the safety standards and developing the skills necessary to perform on the job. So, if you’re looking for a welding school consider the resume boosting, experience building, skill honing certification package that KWI offers and come train with us.