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.



Construction labor shortage exacerbates safety issues


As a practical matter, a safe jobsite translates to lower costs of doing business. Even just a few injuries can force a contractor's workers' compensation premiums sky high, and, depending on the incident and the state in which it took place, could also leave companies open to third-party claims. These could affect a company's general liability rates, result in loss of business assets and most definitely could leave a contractor with a mountain of legal bills.

But the results of the survey indicate that contractors are interested in implementing plans that are inclusive and forward-thinking rather than just covering their bases in order to save money. Fortunately, there are a multitude of safety training options for all employees, regardless of position.

Available offerings include OSHA-approved 10-hour and 30-hour courses, both online and in the classroom, instructors that will travel to jobsites to teach trade-related safety procedures and schools that will set up training programs tailored to a company's needs. Industry associations and insurance companies are also valuable resources and sometimes offer free or low-cost consultations and training programs for their members/customers.

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