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Nation Safety Stand Down Awareness Week Pt. 2


In honor of the National Safety Stand Down, which is happening this week, we at TSCTA wanted to spread awareness and help employers and professionals in construction discuss safety with their employees.  This part will focus on fall hazards and how to spot and avoid them.  Hazards  Injuries from falls are the most common cause […]

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Nation Safety Stand Down Awareness Week Pt. 1


In honor of the National Safety Stand Down, which is happening early this month, we at TSCTA wanted to spread awareness and help employers and professionals in construction discuss safety with their employees.   Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 351 of the […]

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What are the training requirements for a Supervisor SST Card?


As of 12/1/19 for Construction Superintendents, Site Safety Manager, Site Safety Coordinators, Concrete Safety Managers, or Competent Person must have completed 62 SST credits including: 30-Hour OSHA, 8-Hour Fall Protection Course, 8-Hour Site Safety Manager Refresher Training, 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User Training, and 2 hours of each of the following topics: Site safety plans Toolbox talks Pre-task […]

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Worker Requirements for an SST Card

Temporary SST Card For new demolition or construction workers who have completed the 10-Hour OSHA. Card expires after 6 months during which time training must be completed to receive a Limited SST Card or SST Card. SST Card As of 9/1/2020, Workers must have fully satisfied one of the following: 10-Hour OSHA, plus 30 additional SST credits […]

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Severe Weather Update: How to Access Your Courses Online  


In response to the inclement weather forecasted for this weekend, all of our locations will be closed on Saturday January 29th. Below are the updated new course dates for courses with classes originally scheduled for Jan. 29th.   Course Updates  New Course Dates  Spanish 10HR Prescribed SST Bundle Day 1: 2/5/22 , BX Location  Spanish 32HR Supp. […]

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In-Person, Hybrid, and Virtual Learning: How to Find the Best One for You


What are hybrid courses? There are many reasons students may choose traditional, in-person learning, but with new learning methods available, is there a happy medium between virtual and in-person? TSCTA has adopted the hybrid learning method, which combines face-to-face learning with online resources.   To figure out what method of learning works best for you, here’s the difference between hybrid learning, virtual learning, […]

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Severe Weather Closing: February 1, 2021


UPDATE: We’ve posted the full, revised schedule for all courses affected by our closing Due to the inclement weather forecasted for February 1, 2021, all TSCTA locations will be closed. As a result of the emergency closing, the following courses originally scheduled for Feb. 1, 2021, will now meet on the following dates: 16-Hour Suspended […]

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Severe Weather Closing – December 17, 2020


TSCTA will be closed for in-person training this Thursday, 12/17/20. Virtual and online courses will still be conducted as scheduled.   Severe Weather – Rescheduled Courses & Dates Classes scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th will be meeting as scheduled. Classes scheduled for Thursday, December 17th have been rescheduled to the below-listed dates:  Long Island City’s 40-HR Site Safety […]

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TSCTA’s Plan Ahead Checklist for Construction Site Safety


It should be a golden rule for safety hazards on a construction site to be boldly labeled so that the constant need to comply with safety guidelines when working is never dismissed. It’s not uncommon for the topic of site safety to stay on the back burner when your team’s priority is completing a project […]

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TSCTA Is Looking For A Full-Time Instructor


Instructor Position Available Full-time, bilingual technical instructor responsible for classroom instruction of environmental, health, procedural, and scaffold safety training programs for the construction trades. The role may also include the research, design, development and translation of new curriculums and supporting class resources.  PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Fully fluent in English and Spanish (spoken and written) languages. Preference […]

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#StandDown4Safety Series: Scaffold Safety


Like the skyscrapers they helped build, scaffolds are a foundational part of The City’s skyline. Symbolic of the never-ending drive for renewal and expansion that fuels the construction industry, nearly everyone is familiar with them in one form or another. As such, they are also aware of the potential risk that, for instance, falling debris […]

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#StandDown4Safety Series: Through No Fall of Their Own


As you may already know, have heard, or even read about here at TSCTA News, today is the start of National #StandDown4Safety week, a nationwide initiative to emphasize worker safety (and fall prevention in particular) at the start of construction season. Throughout the week, we’ll providing you with tips and tricks on keeping your focus […]

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Dunce Day: Dumbest Mistakes on the Job


There’s an old saying that goes “To err is human,” from the late Alexander Pope. While we all make mistakes, we still make mistakes. But at least you guys didn’t make the mistakes that these workers did – all of which deserved a feature on Dunce Day (11/8). Nailing the LOTO Procedure Brad was a […]

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Horrible Bosses: How Poor Leadership Can Create a Toxic Work Environment


When you think of safety hazards on the jobsite as a supervisor, manager, or employer, what comes to mind? Chemical hazards? Scaffolding inspections? OSHA standards? If those came to mind, that’s good! You’re on the ball in terms of safety procedures. But you may be missing one key factor here that can affect everyone on […]

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SST Provider Guidelines and What it Means to You


Recently, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) released the full Site Safety Training (SST) Curriculum guidelines to the public, one of the last hurdles for those seeking to deliver  Department-Approved Training to the men and women who build New York. As of this writing, TSCTA is finalizing our curriculum submittal for the DOB […]

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Unpacking the DOB’s SST Curriculum


On May 9th, 2018, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) released the full SST Curriculum and the course topics to be completed to comply with Local Law 196’s (LL196) construction safety training mandate. In this post, we will do a deep dive to help you understand what you need to know to stay in compliance.

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Rescheduled Classes: March 21, 2018


Update 2: All 8 AM classes will be starting one hour later (9 AM) on Thursday, 3/22 as a result of today’s storm. Update: Our 10-Hour OSHA Training at our Bayonne, NJ location starting tomorrow, 3/22 at 9 AM has been rescheduled to start on 3/23 at 9 AM. Due to the anticipated snow forecasted for 3/21/18, the […]

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We take a look back at 2017


At TSC Training Academy (TSCTA), we take a great deal of pride in providing our clients with the best safety training in the business as well as assisting them to navigate the hodgepodge of regulatory changes that regularly occur in this industry. TSCTA is a full-service provider whose involvement with our students doesn’t end when […]

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Winter is Coming: Preparing Your Site for Winter Weather


Preparing your site for the cold months of winter will not only keep your guys safe but can also help keep costs down and delivery dates on-schedule.

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8-Hour Fall Protection Training


Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. According to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), in 2016 there were 173 serious construction accidents involving worker falls. This 8-hour course is intended to educate workers on how to avoid accidents and injuries while working on roofs, leading edges, ladders or scaffolds by defining the regulations and safety rules associated with fall hazards on construction sites.

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The Second Disaster: Rebuilding and the Labor Shortage


After the catastrophic storms that hit Texas and Florida in late September, many experts are forecasting a rough road to recovery ahead and a major blow to an industry faced with an already stifling labor shortage.

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Key Roles: Understanding the Differences Between Authorized, Competent, and Qualified Persons


If you’ve ever had questions about who would be considered an authorized, qualified, or competent person, don’t fret as it’s one of our most frequently asked questions. While OSHA 1910 and 1926 provide textbook definitions, we understand that things aren’t as clear-cut in the field. In this post, we’re breaking down how each of these […]

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In Remembrance: 16th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks


As we approach the 16th anniversary of September 11, 2001, a day in our history that irrevocably altered all of our lives and the landscape of our great city, we look back at where we came from and how New Yorkers are actively building the future.

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Combatting Suspension Trauma


Fall protection is a must for any comprehensive safety plan but implementing a fall protection plan that only includes a fall arrest harness only protects a worker from the immediate danger of a fall. But once a worker is suspended from the fall, the clock starts on another dangerous condition – Suspension Trauma. What is […]

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March 14, 2017 – Rescheduled Courses


Due to the impending snowstorm and in the interest of the safety of our Clients, all TSCTA locations will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Below, please find the revised schedule for impacted classes. If you do not see your class listed, no changes have been made to your schedule. Should you have any […]

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Feb. 9, 2017 Courses Rescheduled


Update: We will be resuming our normally scheduled hours for Friday, Feb. 10th, 2017. Due to inclement weather predicted for February 9, 2017, we have rescheduled all our training courses for Thursday. If you have pre-registered for any course, you should have been contacted with a rescheduled date for your course by end of day […]

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What is the difference between the 32-Hour Suspended Scaffold Supervisor course and the 32 Hour Rigging Supervisor course?


The 32 Hour Suspended Scaffold Supervisor course is designed for individuals who exclusively work with Suspended Scaffolds while the 32 Hour Rigging Supervisor course is specific to those who work with hoisting and crane operations.

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Are the 32-hour suspended scaffold supervisor and 32 hour rigging foreman programs the same courses?

Yes they are. In 2012 the NYC DOB updated the name of the 32-HOUR RIGGING FOREMAN course to the 32 Hour Suspended Scaffold Supervisor Training course.

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When will I receive my scaffold card?

The 4 Hour User Supported Scaffold card is released to students after class EXCEPT: Your company/employer paid for the training and requested that the card be mailed to their office. Scaffold classes which require that students pass a final exam will be available for pick-up 1-2 business days after the end of class.

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Can I keep working with an expired scaffold card?

As per NYC Department of Buildings, persons with expired cards are not allowed to work on any type of scaffold.

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How long after my scaffold card expires do I have to renew?

All scaffold refresher courses must be taken within one year of the original card’s expiration date. If more than a year has passed since the card has expired, the entire 32 Hour Supported Scaffold Installer/Remover, 16 Hour Suspended Scaffold User or 32 Hour Suspended Scaffold Supervisor course must be taken again.

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How do I renew my scaffold training?

The renewal process is different for each type of scaffold training. Below is a list of card type and the relevant renewal process. ID Card Type Course Required to Renew 4 Hour Supported Scaffold 4 Hour Supported Scaffold   32 Hour Supported Scaffold Installer/Remover 8 Hour Supported Scaffold Installer Remover Refresher required every 4 years […]

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30-Hour OSHA Construction Safety & Health Program


This program includes OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. The training will place emphasis on those areas that are most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. This program is more applicable for the construction supervisor, with a more intensified focus on various occupational safety and health standards.

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10-Hour OSHA Construction Safety & Health Program

This 10 Hour OSHA Outreach training is designed to promote workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. Emphasis is placed on the role of the construction worker in hazard recognition and avoidance, workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

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