The US Department of Labor is encouraging the next generation of construction workers to prioritize safety at the largest student career event in the Southeast.

The 2024 Construction Ready Career Expo in Atlanta is set to welcome thousands of students from middle, high, and technical schools across Georgia. This event, organized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), aims to highlight the importance of on-the-job safety to the next generation of workers in the construction industry.

Taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center from February 22-23, the expo will focus on careers in construction and related fields, including safety, highway construction, electrical contracting, energy, drywall, tile, roofing, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore exhibits featuring machinery and tools, and speak with industry professionals about career options and necessary skills for various roles in the construction industry.

OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer in Atlanta expressed excitement about the event, stating, “Connecting with the thousands of students who walk through the doors and sharing the value of job safety is exactly what our OSHA team is passionate about. We participated in 2023 and we’re thrilled to join this event again. It is a great way for students to explore careers in skilled trades.” The expo also provides OSHA with the opportunity to partner with industry leaders and educators to promote workplace safety for young workers.

In addition to students, the expo will also welcome teachers, school administrators, parents, industry experts, and volunteers. The event will simulate a construction site, requiring all attendees to wear appropriate safety gear such as hard hats, safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. With an expected attendance of over 9,000, safety will be closely supervised by industry professionals.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s Young Worker Initiative, which provides information and resources to teenagers, parents, educators, and employers, aims to ensure safe and rewarding work experiences for young employees. For more information on workplace safety for teens, visit OSHA’s website.

The 2024 Construction Ready Career Expo is a valuable opportunity for students to learn about the construction industry and the importance of workplace safety. By partnering with industry leaders and educators, OSHA is able to promote safe and rewarding careers in skilled trades for the next generation of workers.  

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