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“All Systems Go” for Southern California College of Construction: MSHA Approves Facilities

Posted by Taylor Morris on September 27, 2007

On the morning of September 21, the Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) received a visit from Chad D. Hilde—a representative of the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). SCCC Training Director Al Loya discussed matters of safety with Mr. Hilde as he inspected the SCCC facilities. Loya said the following regarding the visit:

I was able to meet with Mr. Hilde briefly in order to assure him that we are constantly striving to be a very safe work site, especially since we are a training site. He was able to look through our site plan and “Part 46” plan, which he found favorable and in order as expected. We also discussed certificates for our students and we assured him that all on site were in possession of their certificate. Mr. Hilde was gracious enough to address our students and provide real world examples and safety concerns that are prevalent in the workplace and are major violations. We look forward to meeting again with Mr.Hilde and we will continue to encourage and insist on safe practices at all times.

The MSHA enforces mandatory safety and health standards at all mining and mineral processing sites in the United States. The SCCC was visited by MSHA because its training facility is also located on a mine site. The SCCC campus president, Henry Salgado, is very pleased with the MSHA visit, and said that Mr. Hilde was “very impressed and had no negative findings.”

SCC Training Director Al Loya

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