Region 3 - Alliance Annual Report - March 14, 2008

The Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
March 14, 2008

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

Original: 3-11-03     Renewal: 3-4-05     Renewal: 3-30-07


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office and the Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (IWEA) aligned to foster and maintain an open line of communication with each other for the meaningful exchange of information on promoting OSHA compliance and Industry best practices in the Construction Industry.

Implementation Team Members

Bill Ligetti – Executive Director, IWEA
Bob SzymanskI - OSHA Pgh. AO AD
Frank Librich – OSHA Pgh AO Safety Team Leader
Bob Carroll – OSHA Pgh AO CAS

Evaluation Period

March 30, 2007 to March 14, 2008

II. Implementation Team Meetings

March 30, 2007

April 24, 2007

August 10, 2007

December 12, 2007

January 16, 2008

Conference Call


Conference Call

Crafton, PA


Crafton, PA

Crafton, PA

Crafton, PA


III. Events and Products

Outreach and Communication

August 14, 2007 – The Pittsburgh Area Office e-mailed a safety alert on a defect a JLG lift had with bolts shearing off to the IWEA Executive Director. The Director distributed this alert to the membership by posting it on their website.

September 28, 2007 – Pre-construction meeting with a safety representative from a contractor conducting steel erection work was held to review construction standards and interpretations addressing steel erection and fall protection issues.

January 16, 2008 – Met with IWEA Executive Director and provided him with updated handouts on top twenty-five frequently cited standards in both construction and general industry to distribute to his membership. In addition, the CAS participated in reviewing and judging submitted packets on jobs that had no lost time accidents for upcoming safety recognition awards.

February 07, 2008 – At the request of the IWEA Executive Director and in conjunction with another existing Area Office Alliance, the CAS met with the Ironworkers apprenticeship coordinator to review training information for an upcoming construction safety course. In addition, the CAS provide updated information and handouts on frequently cited standards, fatality stats, scaffolding publications, and “All about OSHA” publications. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policy/procedures.

Billl Ligetti, IWEA Executive Director, and member company representatives have called throughout the year for discussion on standards and policy information relating to their perspective work sites.

IV. Results

The information provided was well received. In addition, Bill Ligetti, Executive Director, and his members who have called throughout the year indicated the information received from the Pittsburgh Area Office was very helpful in interpreting OSHA’s policies and standards as they related to their current construction activities.


Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Website Safety Alert Posting Approximately 1200 construction personnel would have access to this information
Pre-Construction Meeting 20
Provided Frequently Cited Standards (const. & GI) 1200
Safety Training information reviewed and provided to Ironworker Apprenticeship Coordinator 30
TOTAL 1250


V. Upcoming Milestones

The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories has been very positive.

Presently, the current representatives of the signatory parties plan on maintaining and continuing the Alliance. As a requested formality the signatory parties signed a renewal document on 3-30-2007.

The Alliance is looking into future opportunities in providing information to affected parties through roundtable discussions, association website, and training sessions. The Alliance signatories will continue to work together to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties.