More than 1,800 Montana high school students in construction trade and industry classes at 17 different schools will be that much safer this school year through Montana State Funds Growing a Safer Montana equipment grants program, including St. Regis and Superior high schools.
Montana has some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in the nation. That is why Montana State Fund is partnering with Montanas high schools to positively impact the importance of safety in the workplace for the next generation of Montanas workers, said Mark Rosenleaf, MSF Safety Consultant. The State Fund is the states largest workers compensation insurer.
It is our goal to provide safety gear and safety information to students and teachers, so they have the tools they need to champion safety both in their classrooms and in their future professional endeavors.
A safety professional from MSF traveled to each of these high schools, and Rosenleaf traveled to Mineral County on Sept. 5 to hand out safety gear, such as work gloves, welding gloves, welding helmets, face shields, coveralls, hard hats, safety glasses, fall protection gear, safety vests and ear plugs to the students. In addition, he supplied the teachers with safety materials they can use to reinforce safety awareness in their classrooms.
Since the program began in 2017, 2,631 high school students have benefited from this safety gear program. The 2018/19 High School Recipients include:
Anaconda High School Welding Class Teacher: Ryan Pesanti
Anaconda Jr, Sr High Wood, Carpentry, Small Engines Automotive Classes Teacher: Brian Riley
Belgrade High School Woodworking Class Teacher: Randy Radke
Belgrade High School Welding Class Teacher: Eric Kinnaman
Jefferson High School (Boulder) Welding and Construction Trades Class Teacher: David Heimann
Bozeman High School Welding Class Teacher: Rick Hedlund
Bozeman High School Woodworking Class Teacher: Dan Brown
Butte High School Industrial Arts Teacher: Denise Bordeleau
Beaverhead County High School (Dillon) Agricultural Education Class Teacher: Caleb Igo
Drummond High School Industrial Arts Teacher: Bill Wagner
Helena Capital Woodworking Class Teacher: Bob Pearce
Helena Capital Welding Class Teacher: Tom Kain
Helena High Welding Class Teacher: Cindy Galbavy
Park High School Industrial Tech and Welding Class Teacher: Jamie Islay
Park High School Metal Fabrication Class Teacher: Shane Stender
Manhattan High School Welding Class Teacher: Neil Harvey
Missoula Big Sky High School Industrial Technology Classes Teacher: Scot Traeder
Missoula Sentinel High School Industrial Technology Classes Teacher: Dave Burtch
St. Regis High School Industrial Technology Classes Superintendent: Joe Steele
Superior High School Industrial Technology Classes Teacher: Jeff Schultz
Three Forks High School Industrial Arts 1 Class Principal: Justin Helvik
Whitehall High School Industrial Arts Class Teacher: Casey Harris