Free Construction Safety Conferences Offered

March 10, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — General contractors, homebuilders and construction trade contractors will have an opportunity to stay current on construction safety by attending free conferences in Montgomery and Mobile.

The one-day conferences are sponsored by OSHA, Safe State, construction trade associations, including the HBAA and local HBA, individual construction companies, local governmental entities and utility companies. The opening general session will feature the new director of the Mobile Area Office for OSHA, Kurt Petermeyer, who will provide an update on enforcement emphasis for this office’s jurisdiction – central and south Alabama. Each conference will offer a selection of sessions on a variety of construction safety topics, including residential fall protection requirements.

Also offered is the option of completing six-hour courses for competent person certification for trenching & excavating and for scaffolding. These are two areas of construction where oversight by a competent person is mandatory. OSHA defines a competent person as one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous and possesses the authority to take corrective action. These courses typically cost $100 and up per person.

The dates for the conferences are:

Central Alabama Construction Safety Conference
Thursday, March 26, 2009
7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Hyundai Training Center, Montgomery

Gulf Coast Safety Conference
Thursday, April 9, 2009
8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Gulf State Fairgrounds, Mobile

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Vendors will exhibit a variety of safety supplies, equipment and services where attendees can examine the latest products and services and get expert advice. Admission to conferences such as these could cost hundreds of dollars, but thanks to the generosity of vendors and sponsoring organizations, these two conferences are offered at no cost. Learn how to make your jobsites safer and protect your business by attending.

For a brochure with conference and registration information, contact David Batson, AHBSIF Loss Control Representative, at 334-312-4463 or davidbatson (at) hbaa (dot) org. Provide the conference that you wish to attend and your name, mailing address and phone number.

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The Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA) is a federation and by joining the local homebuilders association in your area, you automatically become a member of the HBAA and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). For more information about membership or to find the local in your area, please contact the HBAA at (800) 745-4222. You can also find your local homebuilders association by visiting our

Contact:

Home Builders Association of Alabama
7515 Halcyon Summit Dr., Suite 200
Montgomery, AL 36117

P.O. Box 241305
Montgomery, AL 36124-1305

Voice: 334-834-3006
Toll Free: 1-800-745-4222

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