Formetco Unveils First Hands-On Safety Training Program for Billboard Operators


Duluth, Georgia-based Formetco Inc., a maker of LED billboards, electronic screens, billboards and video displays, announces the establishment of a new, hands-on safety education program.

According the company, its program goes beyond just teaching safety skills to climbers. This program provides the educational tools needed for independent operators to build a first class safety program from the ground up.

“We sell a lot of quality safety equipment, but when Jim Poage came on board, he helped us see that many customers haven’t been trained in proper inspection, use, and storage of structures and equipment,” says Jock Gibb, Formetco’s vice president of sales. “This revelation got us to thinking, and we explored ways we can better serve our customers.”

Formetco’s analysis has resulted in a three day, first-class training program that includes one half-day of classroom training and another half-day of hands-on instruction in a safe climbing class; a 10-hour OSHA card certification course; and the latest CPR and first aid coaching.

Poage is the company’s recently hired safety director, and he says, “Folks can get a 10-hour OSHA card from a host of sources, but they run the risk of taking classes that don’t apply to their industry. What makes the Formetco program special is that it has been tailored to billboard operators to address the hazards and risks people are exposed to when out working on these structures.”

For the specialized training, Formetco designed and installed a 40-foot climber training tower and an onsite billboard structure with purposefully built-in defects. Part of the three-day course includes hands-on experience examining the structure and identifying the flaws.

“Jim came to us from Clear Channel Outdoor,” says Gibb. “With more than 20 years in the industry, he is one of the top certified safety professionals in the country; and we have clients flying in from across the nation to take part in this course.”

Participants receive meals, hotel accommodations, and local transportation along with the three-day curriculum for a price of $850.

“Once they get to the Atlanta airport, we take care of the rest,” adds Gibb. “One reason the course is so popular is Jim’s extensive knowledge base. He’s a top notch safety professional; and he serves as a ‘go to’ specialist for the industry’s safety offices.”

The next training seminar will be Monday-Thursday, October 1-4. For more information or to register, click HERE.

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