West Iron County building trades students receive their OSHA 10 cards after completing a 10-hour training course in construction safety and health. Back row, from left: instructor Jeff Swenski, Gundlach-Champion owner Bill Verrette, students Ian Frailing, Jacub Moon, Ethan Johnson, Josh Moon, Joe Pisoni, Mike Pellizzaro, Colton Kurtz, Collin Leonarduzzi, Thad Lambert. Front row: students Anthony Barriger, Joshua Schuett, Matt Witt, Tyler Mann and Trenton Meyer. Not pictured: Jim Rose, OSHA trainer with Gundlach-Champion, and students Clint Franzene, Chasz Jonet and Bryson Heimerl. (submitted photo)
IRON RIVER—For years, students in West Iron County High School’s building trades class have received training that can lead to productive vocational careers.
This year, they got something else: OSHA 10 cards.
On Dec. 20, building trades students received cards for successfully completing a 10-hour training course in construction safety and health as set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The class is taught by Jeff Swenski.
During the early part of the first semester, students were trained both in the classroom and on-site by Jim Rose, safety trainer and OSHA-certified instructor from Gundlach-Champion.
Training was centered on three main causes of workplace accidents: slips, trips and falls. Training also included scaffolding, electricity, fall suppression and arresting equipment and more.
Bill Verette of Gundlach-Champion presented the OSHA cards to the students, thanking them for taking part in the training and emphasizing the importance of a “safety first” attitude on the job.
This year, the building trades class is building a home in Iron River Township for David and Anistashia Johnson. It will have 1,800 square feet of living space on the main level plus a 320 square foot loft, along with a fully finished basement.
It will have cathedral ceilings throughout the main level and open loft, plus a main floor laundry, three bedrooms and 2½ baths, with ample closet space and storage throughout.