OSHA recently announced more than $3.6 million in fiscal year 2016 Susan Harwood Targeted-Topic Training Grants to 28 non-profit organizations. Notably, OSHA funded the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) for a third consecutive year to continue safety training throughout the country.
Awarded $137,532 in funding, TCIA will present training to employers in the landscaping and tree care industries from now through the end of September 2017.
“This grant will allow us to continue to provide specialized safety training programs for the arborists who need it most,” said Mark Garvin, TCIA president. “It is an important step in reducing occupational injuries and fatalities in our industry.”
Training will include recognition, avoidance, abating and preventing hazards when using aerial lifts, operating chain saws, operating chippers and working in close proximity to electrical conductors. Target audiences include small business, limited English proficiency, and low-literacy workers. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
TCIA was awarded just under $125,000 in fiscal year 2015 for similar training. With that funding, TCIA was able to conduct 26 workshops and train more than 900 tree care workers.