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Revision of MCAA Rough Terrain Forklift Manuals with the Laborers-AGC

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As you are all aware, we have a very close working relationship with the Laborers union and it continues to strengthen.

Rashod Johnson and I met with officials of the Laborers AGC training facility in Connecticut to discuss our Rough Terrain Forklift Manual and Video and how the program can be improved. During the next six months to a year, we will work closely with the Laborers AGC to edit the manuals, develop a train-the-trainer program, provide a stronger certification of the forklift operator and expand the education that will be offered. We were surprised to learn during our meeting how strong our brand name is in regards to the forklift training. We heard repeated stories about how our name and training materials have helped the laborers local training centers around the country (as well as the contractors who employed members of LIUNA) when OSHA inspectors reviewed their forklift training.

OSHA has a strong awareness and acceptance of our program. We hope to strengthen that brand recognition in the coming year.


About the Author

Michael Adelizzi was the Executive Director of the Mason Contractors Association of America.

 

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