Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region III
- Alliance Background
The purpose of the Alliance is to provide Tri-State Contractors Association (TSCA)
and members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that
will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing
and preventing exposure to OSHA’s four focus hazards of falls, caught in
between, struck by and electrical.
Implementation Team Members
Jim Cerra, Executive Director of TSCA, Lynn Wade, Charleston Labor Education and
Development (LEAD) Administrator, Jennifer Burgess, Occupational Safety and
Health Administration Consultation Administrator, Charleston Area Office (CHAO)
Area Director, Jeffrey Funke, and (CHAO) Compliance Assistance Specialist,
Contributors – N/A
September 7, 2008 to September 30, 2009.
- Implementation Team Meetings
November 9, 2008 on-site meeting with Charleston LEAD Administrator, Lynn Wade
to discuss information concerning any OSHA changes that affect contractors and
their employees training.
January 20, 2009 met with Tri-State administrator, Lynn Wade, to discuss
information concerning OSHA changes that affect contractors and their employees.
It was agreed that OSHA’s CHAO Compliance Assistant would provide training on
recordkeeping and company’s site specific safety training obligations.
March 10, 2009 met with TSCA administrator, Lynn Wade, to discuss alliance
annual report template.
May 6, 2009 met with Tri-State’s Board and Kanawha Valley Builders Association’s
Board. This event was attended by Charleston Area Office Director, Jeffrey Funke.
July 10, 2009 met with Tri-State to discuss new crane standards proposed and
updates on training for hand injuries and eye injuries.
September 29, 2009 met with Tri-State representative, Lynn Wade, to discuss
renewal of Alliance.
November 10, 2009 CAS, Richard Jeffrey provided recordkeeping training for Tri-
State Contractors Association members and Kanawha Valley Builders Association
In addition to on-site meetings with Tri-State, the CAS and/or other office
staff members averages two phone calls per month from the association or members
related to safety and health issues.
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Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
Tri-State provides ongoing safety and health training for members and their
employees. There are weekly training classes provided by the Tri-State
Contractors and the LEAD program to Affiliated Construction Trades Union
employees (i.e. Sheet metal Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers, Operating Engineers, Laborers Union, Boiler Makers Union et al.) in
OSHA 10-Hour, OSHA 30-Hour, CPR/First Aid, Drug Awareness and supervisory
safety and health training. The OSHA classes also cover what is known as
construction’s focus four hazards.
Tri-State along with Kanawha Valley Builders Association and Labor Education
and Development (LEAD program) developed an eye and hand booklet and used the
materials to provide ongoing training on said subjects. Eye and hand injuries
fall into the categories of struck by and caught in between and were noted to
be on an upward trend. This effort was made to educate employees on how to
prevent the injuries and reverse the upward trend.
- An entire construction safety and health curriculum was developed prior to
the alliance. Tri-State and LEAD board members perform ongoing reviews of the
curriculum to adjust the program as information, technology and standards
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
Developed “Eye and Hand” safety booklets and drug advisory information
pamphlets. The booklet and pamphlet information are used in the safety and
health training program.
TSCA through the Tri-State LEAD program provides ongoing training on OSHA
10-hour and 30-hour courses and OSHA’s construction focus four: fall hazards,
struck by hazards, caught in between and electrical hazards.
Hundreds of union and management employees were trained on OSHA’s 10-Hour and
30-Hour courses. The emphasis on hand and eye injuries and their prevention is
presently being evaluated. Additionally, Tri-State provides a 9-panel drug and
alcohol testing program for member’s employees and also provides drug
Awareness and supervisory training.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution,
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
10-hour, First Aid/CPR
- The Alliance expired September 30, 2009 and both parties are not committed
to signing a new Alliance in 2010.