Washington, D.C. - Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Erie Community College has been awarded a grant through the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Susan Harwood Grant Competition. The funds will be used to develop safety training courses for residential construction workers.
“Erie Community College and our Workforce Development Department is very excited about the $107,369 federal award for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program through OSHA. This grant will allow us the opportunity to train hundreds of residential construction workers in Western New York. Through our partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association we will provide training in areas such as increasing worker awareness to safety hazards, ways to lower worker compensation and disability costs by reducing workplace injuries and accidents, and promoting a safe and healthy workplace thereby enhancing worker productivity,” said William Reuter, interim President of Erie Community College.
“These funds will allow Erie Community College to build and improve Western New York’s workforce by increasing safety awareness among our construction workers,” said Congressman Higgins.
The College will develop and deliver three distinct training courses on residential construction hazards targeted to different training audiences. Thirty eight-hour courses will be conducted for employees; ten twelve-hour courses will be conducted for foremen, supervisors and managers; and two sixteen-hour trainer courses will be presented.
“Erie Community College is very grateful for all of the assistance Congressman Higgins provided in securing these funds which will be utilized for the training and workforce needs of our community,” said Mr. Reuter.
The College projects they will train 664 individuals in the new programs.