The Robert A. Young building in St. Louis is the first construction site in the U.S. that has been designated 100 percent AWPT-trained.
AWPT (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 Superior Waterproofing as the first MCWP operators to hold the PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-Registration).
The building was originally built in 1931 as a railroad warehouse and 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 & Health Administration.
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,” says 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.