August 29, 2014
Ironworkers and their employers now have immediate access to all training, certifications, and membership information with the scan of a code. The Iron Workers: The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IABSO&RIW), Pittsburgh, now uses a new membership card that identifies each ironworker with a distinct quick response (QR) code. This technology can be scanned by any tablet or smartphone equipped with a QR code-reading application; a reader is located in the new Ironworker app available through the Apple App Store or Google Play.
The codes contain not only basic membership information, such as the worker’s name and picture, but also all training qualifications the ironworker may have earned through one of 150 Ironworker Training Centers across the country. As many projects now require documented training qualifications and certifications, the membership cards allow this information to be readily available for confirmation by owners and employers and help expedite the hiring process.
The membership cards were mailed in early August to all active and retired members.
The association represents more than 125,000 ironworkers throughout the U.S. and Canada.