Region 4 - Alliance Annual Report - May 26, 2021
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
U.S. Department of Labor
Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama, Area Offices
Alabama Trucking Association
Workers’ Compensation Fund
May 26, 2021
February 20, 2009
May 4, 2020 through May 3, 2021
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 550 (Alabama and outside of Alabama) individually owned companies engaged in operations as a Motor Carrier, For-Hire/Private Carrier, Allied, Warehousing, Beer Distributors, Household Movers or Manufacturing.
Implementation Team Members
Ramona Morris, Area Director, Birmingham Area Office
Kimble Coaker, CEO – ATA Comp Fund
Don Anchors, Director of Risk Management – ATA Comp Fund
Implementation Team Meetings
Due to COVID-19, pandemic, no on-site meetings were held with Ms. Morris. The ATA Comp Fund Risk Managers were very limited to their on-site visits, but continued to provide loss control/safety services via phone/video conferencing and emails.
Due to COVID restrictions and susceptibilities, it was determined that several projects needed to be put on hold until all involved parties feel comfortable and have fully re-opened. The table below reflects the ATAWCF projects delayed due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Project Status/Overview Future Goal Construction Zone Safety This project was to be in conjunction with the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA). The ATA and ATA Comp Fund have a solid working relationship for DOT/OSHA regulations. The future goal for this project has been discussed with the ATA (Tim Frazier, VP-Safety & Compliance). I will also reach out to Ms. Morris on OSHA data that will be used to further enhance our objective. The ATA Comp Fund will assist in creating mock situation(s) and utilizing their drone to give a birds-eye view to capture a larger perspective of the exposure(s). Participation of the OSHA Area Director in the Safety & Maintenance Management Council (SMMC) meeting All SMMC meetings and roadside inspections have been cancelled (except for the recent April 2021 roadside inspection). The SMMC has a September 2021 meeting in Montgomery, AL, that includes their three chapters. Ms. Morris, Area Director for the Birmingham Area Office has been invited to speak at that event. Additionally, Ms. Morris has also been invited to participate in the ATAWCF’s Risk Management Advisory Council (RMAC) meeting in October 2021. Safety Stand-Downs at specific Fund member locations Due to COVID precautions, this project was placed on hold. One of the project items approved during the RMAC meeting will be our 1st annual Safety Blitz/Stand-Down to prevent falls. The ATAWCF team will create training for terminal/office personnel on proper 3-point contact techniques and why it is important. The ATAWCF Risk Managers will also be visiting member sites to encourage participation in the Blitz/Stand-Down. Focus will be on those sites with high frequency/severity rates for slips, trips and falls
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 5/4/2020 through 5/3/2021 During this period, the 1st and 2nd volumes of the e-magazine for the industry, Green Light, was distributed to the members. Topics addressed in the publications include heat Illness prevention, distracted drivers and others. Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Prevention, Small Business and Hazard Communication/Chemicals
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 on ATAWCF resources on reducing leading causes of injury/death at work and on the road)
3) Forklift Safety (focus on the importance of operator training)
4) Hazard Recognition (focus on hazard awareness including, lifting, electrical, housekeeping and ergonomics)
5) OSHA’s COVID-19 reference sheet (focus- guidance on returning to work and monitoring exposures)
Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Prevention, Small Business and Hazard Communication/Chemicals
Dissemination/Email Blast 5/4/2020 through 5/3/2021 During this period, the following information and material was distributed to Alliance members via Email Blast:
1) Heat Illness Prevention
2) Top 10 Risks for Truck Drivers (including working at heights, tarping the loads, and others)
3) Warehouse & Distribution
Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention and Small Business
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 5/4/2020 through 5/3/2021 Fund Member OSHA Training ATAWCF Rep. During this period, the Alliance group offered training to the drivers, warehouse staff. Included the manufacturing staff and a wide range of safety and health, including pit and pallet jack safety. Throughout the State AL Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, Small Business and Hazard Communication/Chemicals
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Training 5/4/2020 through 5/3/2021 Safety Video Production ATAWCF staff members During this period, the safety and health training was provided to members:
1) Heat Illness Prevention
2) Top 10 Risks for Truck Drivers (including working at
3) Warehouse & Distribution
Throughout the State AL Safety and Health Program, Fall Prevention, Electrical Safety, and Small Business
Report prepared by: Ramona Morris, Area Director - OSHA Birmingham Area Office, with support from Mr. Don Anchors, Director of Risk Management (ATA Comp Fund).