Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - September 15, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices
And the
National Utility Contractor Association of TEXAS (NUCA)
September 15, 2017

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      September 18, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      September 16, 2016 through September 15, 2017

    3. Overview

      The Alliance with OSHA Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices and the National Utility Contractors Association of North Texas (NUCA), is directed towards reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the trenching and excavation utilities construction industry. NUCA offers OSHA representatives a platform during quarterly Safety Roundtable meetings and NUCA Membership participate in discussion and sharing of best safety practices. Guest Speaker at Monthly NUCA Member safety meetings provided industry Safety Managers information regarding worker rights, statistics, available resources and networking.

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Basil Singh, Area Director, Dallas Area Office
      Jack Rector, Area Director, Fort Worth Area Office
      Elias Vela, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Dallas Area Office

      NUCA North Texas

      Driscoll Tubbs, President NUCA North Texas chapter
      Deana Butorac, Executive Director

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) Elias Vela presented briefings and Power-point presentations at a monthly NUCA Safety meeting, where an audience of approximately 20 was attentive and participated in a question and answer session.

    Alliance coordination and planning was conducted through phone calls, emails and quarterly safety roundtable meetings.

    In addition to these formal meeting, the Alliance coordinators maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Participation in the alliance has helped maintain and improve the knowledge and sharing of best practices. In addition to the meetings covering National Safety Stand-Down for Falls in Construction, heat stress, distracted driving, distracted driving policies, and other topics, information on fatality trends, and best practices, was provided. During these meetings, OSHA outreach literature was distributed to the attendees.

    Outreach and Communication: Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and ways of communication such information working in North Texas. To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting Quarterly Safety RoundTable meeting 10/21/2016 Worker safety and fatal statistics. Encourage participation at the OSHA Construction Safety Conference at the Irving Convention Center


    Meeting Quarterly Safety RoundTable meeting 1/19/2017 Falls, Struck-by, Caught-between, and Electrical hazards.


    Meeting Quarterly Safety RoundTable meeting 4/14/2017 Falls, Struck-by, Caught-between, and Electrical hazards. Encouraged Members develop and use Written Safety and Health Programs.


    Meeting OSHA Update PPT presentation 7/14/2017 Falls, Struck-by hazards. Construction Silica standard. Fatality statistics




  4. Evaluation

    Previous evaluation was conducted on or about September 16, 2016.

    Discussions regarding the effectiveness of this Alliance resulted in an agreement in favor of renewing this Alliance Agree for an additional two years.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    1. Continue to encourage NUCA Membership to develop and utilize Written Safety and Health programs. Future discussions on how the Association can track and encourage Members providing OSHA Safety Training and reporting progress of improving recognition of members with exemplary "find and fix" safety hazard inspections.
    2. Collaboration in the 2017 Live Trench/Excavation Safety Training event on September 22, 2017 at the Grapevine Convention Center, was postponed. Anticipated attendance estimates are greater than 300 workers and supervisors of Member contractors, and seven OSHA representatives from FWAO and DAO.

Report prepared by: Elias Vela, CAS, Dallas Area Office September 15, 2017