Safety training programs are integral to help protect workers in certain industries from the inherent hazards they face as part of their employment.  For the fiscal year 2015, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded $10.5 million in grants to 80 non-profit organizations nationwide to help educate workers who face high risks of injury.  The program is aimed at helping those workers who are employed by small businesses and vulnerable workers who face high-risk hazards on the job.  The grant program has provided training for over two million workers since 1978.

The purpose of the programs is to help workers gain the knowledge and tools to understand and recognize hazards in the workplace, learn how they can prevent injuries from occurring, and understand their rights.  The organizations that will be funded to provide the instruction include colleges, community groups, churches, labor unions, and employer associations.

Depending on the needs of the worker population, each nonprofit may provide either general safety courses, or educate on a selected topic that is relevant to the targeted audience.  For example, some of the programs provided by the grant include fall prevention in construction; workplace violence education; ergonomic hazards; construction in road zones safety; heat illness prevention; and agricultural safety.

An additional $2.3 million in grants will also be provided to fifteen organizations to develop and provide safety and health training on an on-going basis to workers and employers in the at-risk population.

If you have suffered injury due to a workplace accident, contact an attorney who is experienced in Workers’ Compensation claims.  Call The Law Offices of McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, & Riordan, LLP at (866)557-7500.

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