MORGANTOWN , W.Va.West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension is offering free Occupational Safety and Health Administration construction-hazard training for a limited number of employees through its newly formed organization, the West Virginia Safety Alliance .

Up to five employees from member companies of the West Virginia Safety Alliance will be accepted for the 10-hour instruction session. Companies may join the safety alliance for free by calling 304-293-3096 or 1-800-626-4748 and obtain OSHA training information and registration. Pre-registration is required.

Classes will be offered in Martinsburg on Aug. 20-21, in Morgantown on Sept. 10-11, and in Charleston on Sept. 17-18. The first day of classes will be held from 8 a.m.3 p.m. and from 8 a.m.noon on the second day.

This free construction-safety training class is an offer you wont want to pass up,said Wayne Lundstrom, WVU Safety and Health Extension specialist and course instructor.This instruction normally costs $225 for one employee and $2,125 for five employees.

The 10-hour course provides instruction on inspections, citations and penalties; employer and employee rights and responsibilities; materials handling, storage use and disposal; fall protection and much more. For a complete look at the course breakdown, go to and look under10-hour construction industry required course topics.

Participants will receive free course materials and an OSHA card upon completion of the construction-hazard training.

The construction industry is a vital part of West Virginias economy and employs more than 51,000 workers; however, construction jobs have one of the highest rates of injuries and fatalities in the nation.

The West Virginia Safety Alliance brings contractors of all types and sizes together to exchange best safety practices and suggest ways to develop efficient and effective safety programs. The alliance holds quarterly meetings in Morgantown, Charleston and Martinsburg.

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