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Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

The Susan Hardwood Training Grant Program provides funds for programs to train employees and employers to recognize, avoid, and prevent safety and health hazards in the workplace. The program emphasizes fours areas:

  1. Educating employees and employers in small businesses (less than 250 employees)
  2. Training employees and employers about new OSHA standards
  3. Training at-risk employer and employee populations
  4. Training employers and employees about high risk activities or hazards identified by OSHA

Maysville Community and Technical College received a Susan Harwood grant in the amount of $140,379.00.

Maysville Community and Technical College's (MCTC) proposed Susan Harwood Training Grant project will train employers and employees to recognize, avoid, and prevent safety and health hazards associated with residential and commercial roofing work in a 17-county region in northeastern Kentucky.

MCTC Project Service Area

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Employment in Kentucky's construction industry is expected to grow 16.4% by 2014; the roofing sector has projected growth of 22% statewide.

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With the benefits that the construction industry, and roofing sector, brings also come risks. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 13,500 incidences of nonfatal occupational injuries, at a rate of 8.2 per 100 full-time roofing workers. This is nearly double the 4.6 rate for the entire private sector.

During a one-year period from September 2005 to September 2006, Federal OSHA made 8,394 citations, totaling more than %6 billion in penalties, to SIC 1761 special trade contractors primarily engaged in the installation of roofing, siding, and sheet metal work. The most frequently cited OSHA standard was "19260501 Duty to have Fall Protection."

The project service region is plagued with pervasive poverty and the construction industry offers employment opportunities with high paying wages without the requirements of rigorous education. An estimated 8,428 Kentuckians within the service region work in the construction industry, with an mean annual pay of $35,010

Project Director Lorrina Blevins serves as a Board Member for the Kentucky Safety and Health Network and has found many contractors find it too difficult and expensive for them to attend critical training sessions.

MCTC will develop a four-hour Residential and Commercial Roofing Hazards Training Program and Handbook, focusing on the following construction industry standards:

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  • Fall Protection (1926.500)
  • Electrical
  • Fire Protection
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Cranes, Hoists, Derricks, Elevators, and Conveyors
  • Scaffolds (1926.450)
  • Aerial lifts (1926.453)

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) is one of sixteen colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The College is the only open-door public postsecondary institution in the area and represents the only opportunity for higher education and professional training to a service area of 234,437

MCTC is a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited, comprehensive college with a fall 2006 enrollment of 3,358 students. The College offers technical and transfer Associate degrees along with numerous diplomas and certificates. The mission of MCTC states the College is committed to lifelong learning and transforming our region through excellent education.

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For more information please contact:
Lorrina Blevins
Maysville Community and Technical College 1755 US Hwy 68
Maysville, Ky 41041
(606) 759-7141 ext. 66194