Reg 4 - Alliance Annual Report - August 1, 2015
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta-East Area Office
LaVista Perimeter Office Park
Building 7, Suite 110
Tucker, Georgia 30084
(770) 493-6644; Fax (770) 493-7725
Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West, and Savannah Area Offices
Georgia Struck-by Alliance Annual Report
August 1, 2015
- Alliance Background:
December 5, 2006
March 5, 2013
OSHA, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT); the Georgia Highway Contractors Association (GHCA); the Federal Highway Administration, Georgia Division; the Georgia Utility Contractors Association (GUCA); the Local Government Risk Management Services; the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Occupational Safety and Health Division (GTRI); 3M Corporation (3M); the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc.; Lamar Outdoor Advertising (Lamar); Georgia Power, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA); Pike Electric, LLC.; the National Safety Council, Georgia Chapter (NSC); Ansco & Associates, LLC; and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (hereafter referred to as the Georgia Struck by Alliance) formed an Alliance to share their collective expertise and to foster a culture of injury and illness prevention focused on the prevention of work zone and struck-by hazards.
- Implementation Team Memberships and Contributors:
The implementation team included representatives from all of the Alliance participants. Implementation team meetings were conducted as scheduled on following dates: 10/28/2014; 2/4/2015; 3/19/2015; and 5/12/2015.
August 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015
- Events and Products
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
Training and Education
- On March 23 - 27, 2015, beginning at 7 am construction jobsites across Georgia were encouraged to cease work and participate in a Safety Stand Down led by the AGC Georgia. Struck-by Alliance members promoted this stand-down through a variety of venues, as well as the organization's contact list. Additionally, two new handouts focused on work zone safety tips and flagging safety tips were developed and distributed for this year's event. The success of the event is reflected in the table below:
National Work Zone Awareness Week Stand-down Participation
- March 30 through April 1, 2015, the Alliance group, represented by the National Safety Council, provided flagger certification in conjunction with an OSHA 10-hr Construction Course conducted by MUST Ministries at the Goodwill of Cartersville.
- During this period, Lamar Outdoor Advertising supported the group's outreach efforts by providing billboards in the following areas, resulting in significant weekly impressions:
Georgia Struck by Billboards
- An OSHA news release was issued to promote the 2015 Work Zone Safety Stand-down event. An article highlighting this event was also featured in the DOL Newsletter.
Outreach and Communication
- On March 26 - 27, 2015, the Alliance group supported the CEFGA CareerExpo at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), by working to provide a vehicle simulator for the event. The simulator was used to demonstrate the hazards of texting and driving to youth. The Alliance group sponsored three vehicle simulators. The simulators were a big success and throughout the day we observed long lines of students waiting patiently to use the simulators. The Expo was conducted in conjunction with the Georgia SkillsUSA competitions. The goal of this event was to raise awareness of careers in construction, engineering, architecture, transportation, and energy. The event represented a cooperative effort by private companies, trade associations, universities, and government agencies.
- Total conference participation was 7,212, which included 5,111 students, 1,138 company volunteers, as well as 963 teacher and school administrators.
- On March 24, 2015, the Alliance group supported the Work Zone Safety Awareness Observance and Memorial, which was hosted by the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT). The event was conducted at an active work zone in Cobb County, Georgia. During the event, Georgia DOT Commissioner McMurry led the event and conducted a "moment of silence," to remember the 57 fallen Georgia DOT workers (who died in work zone accidents, over the last four decades). The OSHA area director in the Atlanta-West Area Office also spoke at the event and promoted the OSHA Alliance.
- On December 11, 2014, the GA Struck by Alliance worked cooperatively with the MUST Ministries Alliance by conducting outreach at Lockheed Elementary, which is a Title 1 school. During this event, a representative from GUCA and MUST Ministries, as well as an OSHA CSHO and CAS read the "Safe Each Day" coloring book to 180 elementary school students.
- During this period, the Alliance agreement was renewed by the Alliance group.
- During this period, members of the Alliance group worked with OSHA to effectively promote the following local, regional and national safety stand-down events:
April 8 – 10, 2015
National Fall Protection Stand-Down
May 4 - 15, 2015
Heat Illness Prevention Stand-down
- During this period, the Alliance group continued to distribute hundreds of copies of Region IV Struck-by and Fall Prevention CDs, as well as the "Safe Each Day" coloring book.
- During this period, the Alliance group continued to work towards the revision of the "Safe Each Day" coloring book. Planned revisions include the translation of the book into Spanish, as well as the incorporation of a female construction worker into the story.
- See the results provided above.
- Upcoming Milestones in FY 2015 - 2016:
- The Alliance group will continue to raise awareness throughout Georgia regarding the hazards of distracted driving.
- The Alliance group will continue to educate drivers in Georgia regarding the state's move over law.
- The Alliance group will support and participate in the 2016 Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) CareerExpo; with the goal of providing a vehicle simulator for the event to demonstrates the hazards of texting and driving to youth.
- The Alliance group will continue support the 2016 National Work Zone Awareness Week by conducting a safety stand-down event.
Report prepared by Tom Bosley, Regional Alliance Coordinator
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.