The Robert A. Young building in St. Louis is the first construction site in the U.S. that has been designated 100 percent AWPT trained. American Work Platform Training is the North American subsidiary of IPAF that manages the training program in the North American market.
AWPT-trained employees from access specialists Goedecke planned
the 20-story building project. AWPT-trained installers erected the mast
climbing work platforms. An AWPT-certified instructor, Bobby Reese from
Mastclimbers LLC, trained 56 employees of contractor Superior Waterproofing as
the first MCWP operators to hold the PAL Card.
The building was originally built in 1931 as a railroad
warehouse and it is being restored and repaired. It was acquired by the federal
government in 1941 and is now eligible for inclusion in the National Register
of Historic Places. It houses many government departments, including the Occupational
Safety & Health Administration.
MCWP operator training is new for the industry and is composed
of modules that cover regulations, safe use, daily and weekly inspections,
practical use, and understanding of operating instructions and load charts.
After being trained, an operator needs to be familiarized on the site-specific
MCWP that he or she is going to use.
“The new operator card will make the MCWP industry in the U.S. a
lot safer in all aspects,” said Kevin O’Shea of Mastclimbers LLC, who is also chairman
of IPAF’s International Mast Climbing Work Platform Committee. O’Shea was
instrumental in starting up the new MCWP operator course.
MCWP training covers the categories: Operator, Demonstrator,
Installer, Advanced Installer and Instructor. Successful completion of training
leads to the award of the PAL Card as proof of training. The PAL Card is
recognized by the Scaffold Industry Association, which also offers the MCWP
training program through SIA accredited training institutes.