Region 3 - Alliance Annual Report - December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: December 19, 2005

    Date Renewed: Last Renewal December 10, 2013

    Alliance Overview:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office and The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) aligned to provide Council members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry.

    Implementation Team Members:

    • Jack Mills - President, CAWP
    • Richard Barcaskey - Executive Director, CAWP
    • Jason Koss - Director of Industry Relations, CAWP
    • Christopher Robinson - Area Director, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
    • Robert Carroll - CAS, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    January 10, 2014 In-person Dormont, PA
    January 30, 2014 In-person Dormont, PA
    April 16, 2014 In-person Dormont, PA
    May 21, 2014 In-person Dormont, PA
    August 29, 2014 In-person Dormont, PA
    December 8, 2014 In-person Dormont, PA
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    December 16, 2013 to December 16, 2014

    Alliance Activity

    January 30, 2014 - CAWP sponsored an ASSE Western PA Chapter meeting. AD and CAS presented an OSHA update. All current OSHA initiatives and areas of emphasis were reviewed. In addition, local fatality stats and frequently cited standards were covered. Upon conclusion, the AD and CAS met with Director of Industry Relations to discuss future training to include cross training and member concerns.

    February 19-20, 2014 - CAWP conducted a specialized training session with PENNDOT, Carpenters Union representative, and Operator Engineers on the set-up, operation, quality specifications, maintenance and safety for Bid-Well Machines used in the state of Pennsylvania.

    February 25, 2014 - CAS conducted a recordkeeping workshop. In addition, the CAS discussed various outreach for the fall prevention stand down.

    March 18-19, 2014 - CAWP conducted a specialized training session on "Best Practices for ADA Ramp Construction" for workers and foreman who perform this construction work.

    April 16, 2014 - Safety and Risk Committee meeting. CAS presented OSHA update information and presented information on the fall stand down in June. The organization will have members participate by having tool box talks and also plan a fall protection training event for safety and jobsite reps at a specific overpass or bridge construction site.

    May 21, 2014 - CAS provided Director of Industry Relations with fall protection training guide booklets, ladder safety booklets and stickers for member contractors to utilize for their fall protection stand downs.

    June 2-6, 2014 - Throughout the week this week, CAWP had twenty contractor members conduct fall protection training at 156 construction projects reaching 2,546 workers.

    June 4, 2014 - As part of the fall protection stand down, CAWP had fall protection consultants conduct a half day training event for the CAWP Safety committee at a member contractor's construction site on the PA Turnpike Southern Beltway project. In addition, the employees working at the site also received training from the fall protection consultants. The CAS, AD, and AAD participated by providing fall protection talking points and updated fatality statistics.

    September 10, 2014 - PA One Call Western PA Safety Day - Pittsburgh Area Office representatives staffed an information table and provided three presentations on OSHA's focused four with an emphasis on trenching/excavation. The staff provided handouts and answered a variety of question relating to excavation safety, construction standards, fall protection, heat stress, workers' rights and OSHA policies/procedures. The CAWP Director of Industry Relations and member representatives participated and discussed issues and concerns relating to but not limited to OSHA policies/procedures, work zone safety, fall protection and excavation safety. In addition, CAWP staffed an information table.

    November 24, 2014 - Operating Engineers Apprenticeship School - AD, AAD, CAS, and CSHOs participated in a training day that included classroom and hands-on training. The training covered aspects of safety, operation, and maintenance of heavy equipment used in various construction operations. OSHA representatives and instructors interacted sharing knowledge in their respective areas. This training was in conjunction with the cross training venue in the Alliance agreement. CAWP Director of Industry Relations presented information on how they support the apprenticeship program. In addition, he participated throughout the training and interacted with the participants throughout the training day.

    Throughout this evaluation period, the CAS has e-mailed the four safety alerts on product defects relating to a horizontal lifeline, self-retracting lifeline, snap hooks on lanyards, and electrical powered hand tool. In addition, the CAS e-mailed a NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program study titled "Evaluation of Erionite and Silica Exposure During Dirt Road Maintenance". The Director of Industry relations distributed the alerts and study to the Safety Committee via e-mail.

    The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania has quarterly Safety and Risk Committee meetings. These meetings not only work on planning future events, they act as a forum to exchange safety and health technical information and best practices. In addition, CAWP provides safety educational opportunities throughout the year for both members and non-members in the following areas: OSHA 10/30 hour, First Aid/CPR/AED, Mobile Crane Safety, Rigging, Confined Space, Trenching/Excavation, Fall Protection, Flagger Train-the-Trainer, Accident Prevention for Supervisors, Defensive Driving, Safeland, GHS, CSP Prep Workshop and DOT Compliance.

    The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania is represented on all heavy and highway union joint apprenticeship committees operating in western Pennsylvania. The Association accomplishes this by appointing contractor members to each of these programs, which include the following trade unions: Carpenters, Cement Masons, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Pile Drivers. In addition, a training fund is used for education of Teamsters. These committees are responsible for providing skilled construction workers through apprenticeship and training programs. Safety and Health information is promoted, supported and conveyed through these programs.

    Alliance Products

    CAWP website was utilized to provide safety information and promote the various safety activities the organization conducts. The website has a link to the on-line safety training provided by the AGC of America. In addition, the website provided a link to OSHA's website.

  4. Results

    The activities provided during this evaluation period were well received. The member representatives and the recipients of the safety and health outreach activities/communications found the information valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts at their heavy and highway construction jobsites.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    All CAWP sponsored training courses/classes/workshops to managers, supervisors, and union employees 700
    Recordkeeping Workshop 20
    Bid-Well Machine Training 74
    Best Practices for ADA Ramp Construction Training 39
    Safety and Risk Committee Meeting - OSHA update and Fall Stand Down Presentation 14
    PA Turnpike Southern Beltway Project - Fall Protection Training. (OSHA Fall Stand Down Talking Points & Local Fatality Stats) 43
    Fall Stand Down Week - Fall Protection Training (20 Contractors at 156 Construction Projects) 2546
    PA One Call Western Pennsylvania Safety Days 200
    Operator Engineer Apprenticeship School Cross Training 25
    CAWP Website and e-mail system - Links to OSHA website, Fall Stand Down information, Toolbox Talks safety alerts, NIOSH Health Evaluation Study, posting of organization events and training (ability to reach member and associate member employees) 20,000
    TOTAL 23,661

    The individuals reached by the outreach activities/communication activities represent companies/unions with many employees/members that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided. The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance continues to be very positive.

  5. Upcoming Milestones for FY 2015:

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