The American Public Power Association (APPA) was recently awarded a grant of $160,000 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.
OSHA awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis through its Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.
Grants are awarded to provide training and education programs for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
APPA intends to use the grant award to develop training materials to create two-hour fall prevention awareness training for organizations that train public power utility lineworkers and lineworkers themselves.
APPA noted that public power lineworkers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America and are susceptible to falls that can result in serious and catastrophic injuries.
The APPA fall prevention awareness training for public power utility workers will serve to protect its members from the inherent risks related to falls from elevated surfaces and/or equipment.
The training and associated materials will be provided in both English and Spanish. Program funding will be for a 12-month period, ending on September 30, 2022.
Public power utilities that are interested in receiving training, or would like to participate as a trainer, should send an email to: [email protected].