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International Training and Safety, LLC is a provider of all types of heavy equipment training and OSHA Safety courses, as well as regulatory environmental compliance issues companies address in the industry today.

William A. Blum, CSM, EHSM, President/CEO International Training & Safety LLC

William A. Blum, CSM, EHSM, President/CEO
International Training & Safety LLC

Mr. Blum holds a Vocational Education Teaching Credential in Construction Equipment Operation for the State of California (Document #990089163). He is a Certified Practical Examiner (#498) under the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) program for TLL, TSS, LBT, and OVR. William Blum is a member of the National Association of Safety Professionals and holds credentials for Certified Safety Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Management Specialist, Safety Planning Specialist, and Safety Training Specialist.

Background

Mr. Blum began his career as a heavy equipment operator with the City of Burbank in 1963. He worked in the landfill for seven years and gained valuable experience in the operation of large dozers, motor graders and scrapers while performing pioneer work, dressing and cutting slopes, compacting and pushing trash and cutting and maintaining haul roads. In 1969, Mr. Blum went to work for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power as a heavy equipment operator and was assigned to the Castaic Power Plant Project. During his four-year tenure with the DWP at Castaic, Mr. Blum operated a LeBerr Tower Crane, 125/375 ton Bridge Crane, and an International TD25Dozer (equivalent to a Cat D9 Dozer), cutting penstocks and constructing pioneered roadways for transmission lines. In August 1973, he went to work for the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department as an Equipment Operator and Power Shovel Operator. As an Equipment Operator, Mr. Blum operated dozers, graders, track type loaders, backhoes, skip loaders and compactors. In November 1983, he became a Power Shovel Operator and continued until leaving the Harbor Department in 1989.  

 

During his 16 year stay at the Harbor Department, Mr. Blum also worked out of the Local 12 Union Hall as a heavy equipment operator. He ran heavy equipment, including the Cat D9 dozer, Cat 836 compactor, Cat 657 and Cat 637 scrapers and the TS14 scraper. Mr. Blum also operated backhoes, rollers, barge cranes, container cranes and pendant cranes. He returned to the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in September of 1989 as an instructor at the Ascot Training Center for DWP’s Fleet Training Section. For the next 10 years, Mr. Blum provided 180 hours of Heavy Equipment Training to more than 5,000 employees for the City of Los Angeles and DWP. The training included backhoes, pendant cranes, overhead cranes, hydro-cranes, lattice boom cranes, and various dozers and loaders. Mr. Blum’s responsibilities emcompassed developing the Heavy Equipment Training curriculum, which included classroom and “hands-on” instruction for entry level to experienced heavy equipment operators. Mr. Blum also developed and taught courses on hydro cranes, backhoes, rubber-tired loaders, rollers, gantry cranes, pendant cranes, cab operated overhead cranes, forklifts and aerial man-lifts.

Mr. Blum was responsible for transforming the Ascot Training Center into a first rate educational establishment and training facility for heavy equipment and crane operators, and developed all of the modern training techniques and manuals for crane and heavy equipment operations for the DWP. Mr. Blum was also instrumental in obtaining other city agency clientele (Los Angeles World Airports, Harbor Department, Bureau of Sanitation, Recreation and Parks, and the Los Angeles Zoo) by training their employees at the Ascot Training Center. At the time of his retirement in July of 1998, Mr. Blum held the position of Supervisor of Heavy Equipment and Crane Training at Ascot.

     
         

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