OSHA Lunch and Learn highlights importance of workplace safety

Dr. Jackie Gill, president, welcomed guests to the MCC OSHA Training Institute Education Center Lunch and Learn on Thursday.

More than 40 people attended Thursday’s Lunch and Learn event hosted by the Metropolitan Community College Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Training Institute Education Center.

Held in the Exhibition Hall on the MCC-Business & Technology campus, the Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI) event was held in conjunction with the 2017 National Safety Stand-Down (May 8-12).

The Safety Stand-Down is the major event associated with OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Construction Research and Training and National Occupational Research Agenda Construction Sector Council campaign to prevent falls in construction.

“Working with our industry partners to ensure that the workplace is a safe environment is a wonderful way to serve communities,” said Dr. Jackie Gill, president of MCC-Business & Technology. “We were pleased to have so many OSHA professionals on our campus to learn more about such an important topic.”

Gill was one of several speakers at the luncheon, welcoming guests from numerous local companies. Karena Lorek, area director of the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA office in Kansas City, stressed the importance of preventing falls.

Karena Lorek, area director for the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA office in Kansas City, spoke about the importance of preventing falls.

“There were 4,500 fatalities last year (on the job) and 350 from falls in construction,” Lorek said. “Thirteen fatalities per day are work-related. The reason we do this is to prevent more children from losing their parents.”

Scott Maloney, a compliance officer with the Department of Labor OSHA office in Kansas City, provided a presentation on fall protection in industry, while ShurSales representative Emery McReynolds conducted a demonstration on fall prevention equipment.

In addition to lunch, attendees visited with exhibitors from Day Star, PMG Midwest and ShurSales.

Additional speakers at the event were Jim Wellman, director of the MCC OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Lisa Bray, client relations manager for IWI, and Stan Fields, IWI performance consultant.

Bray also planned and organized the Lunch and Learn.