The Robert A. Young building has been designated 100 percent AWPT trained.
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 &
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.
First AWPT-Trained Site In The U.S.
August 27, 2010