Region 4 - Alliance Annual Report - June 26, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
U.S. Department of Labor
Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama, Area Offices
And the
Alabama Trucking Association
Workers' Compensation Fund
June 26, 2020

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      February 20, 2009

      Renewal Dates:

      January 27, 2012
      February 6, 2014
      April 26, 2016
      May 4, 2018
      May 24, 2020

    2. Evaluation Period

      May 3, 2019 through May 3, 2020

    3. Overview

      The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Alabama Trucking Association Workers’ Compensation Fund (ATAWCF) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. The Alliance formed is focused on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards on the highway, at pick-up and delivery points, as well as maintenance shops for ATAWCF members, representing nearly 554 (Alabama and outside of Alabama) individually owned companies engaged in operations as a Motor Carrier, For-Hire/Private Carrier, Allied, Warehousing, Beer Distributors or Household Movers.

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Ramona Morris, Area Director, Birmingham Area Office

      Alliance participant

      Kimble Coaker, CEO - ATAWCF
      Don Anchors, Director of Risk Management - ATAWCF

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    During this evaluation period, the Implementation Team met on three occasion to discuss outreach and education items in support of fund members.

    • One of our meeting with Ms. Morris, I introduced her to our newest Risk Manager, Will Moses. Ms. Morris provided Will with reference material on the OSHA website that would further expand his knowledge of OSHA’s viewpoint on providing resources to further enhance safety programs and culture for our Fund Member operations.

    We further discussed that although the majority of our Fund members are regulated by both DOT and OSHA, the majority of our claims/injuries are when the truck is stopped, where OSHA is the governing regulatory body.

    Additionally, Don Anchors, had several phone calls and emails to maintain regular contact throughout the reporting period with Ms. Morris. She provided reference material on Safe & Sound projects, OSHA directives and publications that I could share with our Fund Members.

  3. Results of Alliance Activities in Support of Agreement Goals Dissemination: Alliance Program participant shared information on OSHA-developed or OSHA Alliance Program-developed tools and resources, OSHA standards/rulemakings, enforcement, or outreach campaigns.

    Dissemination Type Date Description Emphasis Area(s)* Number Reached (numeric value
    Dissemination Throughout this Period

    During this period, the following information and material was distributed to Alliance members via Email Blast:

    1) Certified Safety Program elements (focus - OSHA compliance programs)

    2) National Safety Month (focus - ATAWCF resources on reducing leading causes of injury/death at work and on the road)

    3) Forklift Safety (focus –the importance of operator training)

    4) Ergonomics (focus - use of proper posture on brake lines and electrical connectors

    5) Hazard Recognition (focus - Spotting hazard including, lifting, electrical, housekeeping and ergonomics

    6) CBD (cannabidiol) Oil (focus -,possible positive drug tests)

    7) Hurricane exposures (focus - controls for road closures, re-routing, hauling debris)

    8) OSHA’s COVID-19 reference sheet (focus- guidance on returning to work and monitoring exposures)

    Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, Small Business and Hazard Communication/Chemicals


    Outreach Events and Training for non-OSHA Staff: Alliance Program participant or OSHA participation in events, which includes speeches/presentations, exhibits, roundtables, conferences, informational webinars or other meetings or training in support of the Alliance or an OSHA initiative.

    Activity Type Date Event Name Representative Name(s) and Affiliation(s) Title Of Presentation (if applicable) City State Emphasis Area(s)* Number Reached (numeric value
    Training Throughout this Period Fund Member OSHA Training ATAWCF Rep. During this period, a wide range of safety and health was provided to Alliance members, including pallet jack, ergonomics, heat stress, safety culture, fall protection, and other topics. Throughout the State AL Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, Small Business and Hazard Communication/Chemicals

    65 - attendees

    Training Throughout this Period Safety Video Production ATAWCF staff members

    During this period, the safety and health training was provided to members:

    1) Stretching Tips for Drivers

    2) Tarping Safety

    3) 5th wheel pin puller

    4) Electric pallet jack safety

    Montgomery AL Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Electrical Safety, and Small Business


    Training August 2019 Alabama Governor Safety Conference Attendees representing various industries ATAWCF safety resources Perdido Beach AL Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Electrical Safety, and Small Business


    Training July 2019
    Oct 2019
    SMMC – North Chapter and Wiregrass Alabama Trucking Association and WC Fund members Safety Culture in Trucking Companies (focused on the following: Ownership involvement; hazard recognition; and OSHA compliance) Pelham and Mobile AL Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, Small Business and Hazard Communication/Chemicals


    Report prepared by: Ramona Morris, Area Director - OSHA Birmingham Area Office, with support from Mr. Don Anchors, Director of Risk Management (ATA Comp Fund).