Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Iron Workers and Contractor Members Certified in Safety Supervision and Awareness


On a jobsite, it’s important for every employee to exercise safe work practices every day. The Iron Workers and its labor-management arm, IMPACT, are working toward having more safety-trained supervisors on jobsites to help make sure everyone goes home safely each day. IMPACT sponsors the Safety Trained Supervisor Construction® (STSC®) certification, administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), which is successfully resulting in a more safety-conscious and skilled team of ironworker supervisors.

In April IMPACT offered the STSC® prep course and exam at Local 136 in Chicago. During the day-long event, 33 ironworkers and contractor personnel took the certifying exam. The overall pass rate for ironworker/IMPACT sponsored participants remains very high.

“We are thrilled to have had a high success rate for the STSC® exam in Chicago,” says Kevin Hilton, IMPACT CEO. “The industry recognizes the need for certification to identify competency in the field of safety…the STSC® certification does that for the Ironworkers and our contractors."

IMPACT Director of Contractor Training and Development, Dr. Cindy Menches, also took and passed the certification exam. She is the second IMPACT staff member to become certified, following the lead of Canadian Safety Director, Jeff Norris, who became certified in February. “It is important for staff members at IMPACT and the Iron Workers to set the example by becoming certified. I will continue to encourage both Ironworkers and contractor representatives to seek the certification,” she says. “There is clear evidence in other organizations, such as AECOM, that the certification will aid ironworkers and contractors in achieving the highest levels of safety on the job. 

Launched in November 2014, the certification is appropriate for personnel who have responsibilities to maintain safe conditions and practices on construction job sites. The STSC® certification requires applicants to meet minimum education and experience requirements and demonstrate knowledge of basic safety and health standards.



    Project of the Year Award recognizes contractors who achieve outstanding SAFETY performance. Contractors and their Ironworkers complete countless, complex projects throughout the United States and Canada each year and truly deserve to be recognized nationally for their amazing efforts and dedication.

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