BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Safety Council is beginning construction on a nearly 23,500-square-foot, hands-on heavy equipment safety training facility in Bismarck.

The Bismarck Tribune ( ) reports that until now, companies have had to send workers to other states, such as Texas, for such training.

More than 20 donors have contributed to what will be a $6 million facility located near the Bismarck State College campus. A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled Tuesday.

The facility will include a heavy equipment arena to train workers using scaffolds, trenchers, cranes, scissor lifts and more. Much of the training will begin outside, but the organization aims to build a 5,000-square-foot indoor arena for year-round equipment training.

There will also be a 26-foot tower for falls and confined space training as well as a 30-station computer lab for online training.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,