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 men love their jobs, bolting together the future in Providence


PROVIDENCE — Ironworkers have a saying: show me where the first piece goes and the rest will tell a story.

Fifty feet in the air above Fountain Street, Kyle Coulombe, dusted in rust and as lean as a cable, shimmies up a naked steel column toward an 800-pound beam suspended above his head.

He’s already read what happens next in the story: the piece will help frame a front corner of the new Residence Inn Providence Hotel. But first, crane operator Steve Berube, whose skill is measured by each hoisted beam’s incremental movements, must inch this one close enough so Kyle can align a bolt hole at the end with one in the column and connect the two.

Then Kyle will step up on the beam and walk its length to secure the other end as the crane holds it steady.

Late next year, guests at the nine-story hotel will be checking into their rooms, watching TV, ordering late-night room service. They won’t see the steel skeleton behind the walls nor likely ever meet the men who “went first,” as ironworkers say, to build it.

For now, the “raising gang” of ironworkers is a summer stage show on Fountain Street — attention-grabbers in an aerial performance of bravery and century-old tradesmanship. Kyle plays a starring role. He’s the gang’s “lead connector.”

“That guy’s nuts,” says Steven Strychasz, who has a front-row seat each day across the street at his valet station at the Dean Hotel.

Having bolted the close end, Kyle now attaches his safety line to the top flange of the beam. It trails behind him as he ambles to the middle of the beam — hanging by a cable from the crane hook.

He slips around the cable, resets his safety line and walks to the end. The beam dips slightly from his weight.

“Crazy,” says the valet, gazing up. Kyle jams a tapered metal bar through one of the beam’s bolt holes and into a hole in the column to hold them together. Quickly he slides a half-pound bolt through another hole and spins on a nut from the other side. He hand-tightens one bolt, then another, before tightening both again with a spud wrench.

Then he’s back at the middle of the beam. Steve lowers the hook enough to create slack in the cable. Kyle slides the cable off to cut the crane loose. With a confident flair, he coils the cable like a lasso rope and stands alone in the sky.

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