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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 1, 2007

Overview

The OSHA and AEM Alliance provides rough terrain forklift or telehandler owners and operators with information, guidance, and access to training resources in multiple languages to help them protect construction employees' health and safety. The Alliance particularly focuses on operational hazards related in the workplace for telehandlers, such as ground conditions, machine mobility and overloading, and ways to properly hoist employees.

Implementation Team Members

OSHA:
 
Michael Buchet Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
Rob Swick Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Danezza Quintero Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS-DOC
Elizabeth (Bea) Way Acting Director, OOSA-DCSP

NCSE:
 
Bradley Boehler Director, Product Safety, Skyjack Elevating Work Platforms
Richard Dressler Assistant Director, Technical and Safety Services, AEM
Pete Haikio Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Pettibone
David Hahn Vice President, Sales and Marketing & Business Development,
Lift Technologies, Inc.
Dan Moss   Assistant Director, Standards and Safety, AEM
Mike Pankonin Assistant Director, Technical and Safety Services, AEM
Lance Henrickson Product Safety Engineer, Gehl Company
Russ Hutchison Director, Technical and Safety Services, AEM

Evaluation Period

October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008


II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
October 2, 2007 Implementation Team meeting
October 10, 2007 OSHA Powered Industrial Truck eTool Workgroup
December 13, 2007 2008 NAOSH Week Planning Teleconference
December 18, 2007 Implementation Team meeting>
January 15, 2008 Resources Development Workgroup
January 30, 2008 Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting
January 31, 2008 2008 NAOSH Week Planning Teleconference
July 23, 2008 Implementation Team meeting


III. Results

  1. Events and Products


  2. Training and Education Goal

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for telehandler operators and "workers on foot," and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and AEM did not work on projects to address this goal.
    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the AEM's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

      OSHA and AEM Alliance Web page

      OSHA created and maintains an OSHA and AEM Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and AEM Alliance agreement news releases, photos, and information on activities and events, as well as links to resources developed by AEM through the Alliance Program.

      AEM and OSHA Alliance Web page

      AEM created and maintains an AEM and OSHA Alliance Web page on the AEM Web site. The Web page includes information about the OSHA and AEM Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site, Alliance-developed resources, Department of Labor-developed articles, and other safety and health information. The page also features a link to the AEM Pictorial Database.

      AEM Pictorial Database

      AEM membership maintains a database of pictorials/pictograms that convey safety messages. The database, linked to from the OSHA and AEM Alliance Web page, was developed to assist designers and technical illustrators in communicating effective safety messages through the use of consistent "industry-recognized" pictorial representations. Continued development of the database by AEM is guided by industry professionals, and it will be expanded as more product and process-specific pictorials are identified. Through the Alliance, AEM shared its database with the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), another Alliance Program Participant, for use in PLANET's draft "safety Web site."

      Preventing Rough Terrain Forklift Accidents Best Practices

      Through the OSHA and AEM Alliance, AEM developed a "Preventing Rough Terrain Forklift Accidents Best Practices" document. The document provides users of rough terrain forklifts with information to prevent injury or death when operating them and addresses how to prevent overturn and run-over accidents. The document was finalized and posted on the AEM and OSHA Alliance Web page and linked to from the OSHA and AEM Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site in March 2008. To help promote the product, as well as the OSHA and AEM Alliance, AEM created a literature stand that displays the product and announces "Proud Participants in the AEM and OSHA Alliance." The literature stand was featured at the AEM member exhibit booths at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 which was held March 11-15, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

      Seatbelt and Tip-over Awareness Key Fob

      Through the OSHA and AEM Alliance, AEM developed a "Seatbelt and Tip-over Awareness" key fob. The key fob is a 3-D image etched mini-card with pictograms and short text messages, in English and Spanish, which provides a reminder of the hazards, associated with equipment tip-over and promotes seatbelt use. AEM distributed the "Seatbelt and Tip-over Awareness" key fob at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, which was held March 11-15, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles about the OSHA and AEM Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter and OSHA QuickTakes. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table in this report.


    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AEM's conferences, seminars, or other events such as ConExpo-ConAgg and World of Asphalt.

      CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, March 11-15, 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada.

      Michael Buchet gave a presentation entitled "OSHA's Trenching Initiative and Construction Update" to trench shoring and shielding industry executives during AEM's Trench Shoring and Shielding Association Breakfast Meeting on March 13, 2008 during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008. In addition, on March 14, 2008, Michael gave a presentation entitled "OSHA's Top Ten Construction Hazards" to construction industry representatives. Further, AEM distributed the resources "Preventing Rough Terrain Forklift Accidents Best Practices" document and a "Seatbelt and Tip-over Awareness" key fob, developed though the OSHA and AEM Alliance.


    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AEM's best practices or effective approaches, including the use of pictorials and publicize results through outreach by AEM and through OSHA- or AEM-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

      OSHA Hazards Associated with Unsafe Operations of Skid-steer Loaders Safety and Health Bulletin

      As a result of the collaborative relationship established by OSHA and AEM, Mike Pankonin is working with Reginald Richards, Safety & Occupational Health Scientist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, USDOL-OSHA, to provide OSHA with information for a draft OSHA Skid-steer Loader Safety and Health Bulletin (SHIB). The SHIB is currently in the OSHA 202 Clearance process.


    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including those associated with operating telehandlers, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      OSHA Powered Industrial Truck eTool

      Through the Alliance Program, AEM provided input to the development of the OSHA Powered Industrial Truck eTool. Mike Pankonin and Russ Hutchison joined OSHA and representatives from seven other Alliance Program participants, including the Industrial Truck Association, ADSC, International Association of Foundation Drilling, Altec Industries, Inc., American Foundry Society, American Forest and Paper Association and Pulp and Paper Safety Association, Integrated Waste Services Association, and Precision Metalforming Association; to create the eTool. The eTool, which focuses on forklifts commonly used in general industry, provides a review of potential hazards and a summary of key OSHA requirements and industry-recommended practices for forklift operations. It includes four modules examining the types of forklifts, safe operating practices, workplace conditions affecting operation and operator training. The eTool was posted on the OSHA Web site in September 2008.

      2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2008, Washington, DC

      AEM joined more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week. NAOSH Week, sponsored by American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, focuses on increasing the understanding of the positive benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public, raising awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals, and reducing workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new safety and health activities at all companies and organizations. In support of NAOSH Week, AEM participated in 2008 NAOSH Week planning teleconferences and printed articles about NAOSH Week in AEM Advisor Email Alert. In addition, AEM posted information about the Week on the AEM Web site.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal


    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace hazards, including those associated with operating telehandlers, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

      OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and Joint Meeting of the Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroups

      On January 30, 2008, Mike Pankonin joined representatives from 13 construction-related Alliances and participated in the second Alliance Program Construction Roundtable at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. During the Roundtable, the organizations shared information regarding their Alliance-related activities, received updates on OSHA's construction-related activities, and identified potential Fall Protection and Design for Safety (DFS) and Workgroup projects to help address safety and health in the construction industry.

      As an outcome of the Construction Roundtable, the DFS and Fall Protection Workgroups met on April 22, 2008 and September 18, 2008 to discuss common construction-related interests and project ideas developed during the Roundtable meeting, such as conducting a national public awareness campaign focusing on construction safety. In addition, Workgroup members formed the Fall Fatalities and Injuries Subgroup to develop a presentation entitled "Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries in Construction." The presentation, due to be completed in October 2008, will provide information on the top causes of falls in the construction industry and will provide guidance on ways to prevent falls.
  3. Executive Summary


  4. During the first year of their Alliance, OSHA and AEM worked together through the Alliance Program to address operational hazards for telehandlers, such as ground conditions, machine mobility and overloading, and ways to properly hoist employees. For example, OSHA created and maintains an OSHA and AEM Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and AEM Alliance agreement news releases, photos, information on activities and events, as well as links to resources developed by AEM through the Alliance Program. Moreover, AEM created and maintains an AEM and OSHA Alliance Web page on the AEM Web site that includes information about the OSHA and AEM Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site, Alliance-developed resources, Department of Labor-developed articles, and other safety and health information. Articles about the OSHA and AEM Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter and OSHA QuickTakes. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table below.

    In addition, through the OSHA and AEM Alliance, AEM developed a "Preventing Rough Terrain Forklift Accidents Best Practices" document. The document provides users information to prevent injury or death when operating rough terrain forklifts and addresses how to prevent overturn and run-over accidents. The document was finalized and posted on the AEM and OSHA Alliance Web page and linked to from the OSHA and AEM Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site in March 2008. Also, AEM developed a "Seatbelt and Tip-over Awareness" key fob. The key fob is a 3-D image etched mini-card with pictograms and short text messages, in English and Spanish, that provides a reminder of the hazards associated with equipment tip-over and promotes seatbelt use.

    Michael Buchet gave a presentation entitled "OSHA's Trenching Initiative and Construction Update" to trench shoring and shielding industry executives during AEM's Trench Shoring and Shielding Association Breakfast Meeting on March 13, 2008 during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On March 14, 2008, Michael gave a presentation entitled "OSHA's Top Ten Construction Hazards" to construction industry representatives. Throughout CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, which was held March 11-15, 2008, AEM distributed resources it had developed through the OSHA and AEM Alliance, including a "Preventing Rough Terrain Forklift Accidents Best Practices" document and a "Seatbelt and Tip-over Awareness" key fob. To help promote the product, as well as the OSHA and AEM Alliance, AEM created a literature stand that displays the product and announces "Proud Participants in the AEM and OSHA Alliance." The literature stand was featured at the AEM member exhibit booths at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008.

    In addition, as a result of the collaborative relationship established by OSHA and AEM, Mike Pankonin is working with Reginald Richards to provide OSHA with information for a draft OSHA Skid-steer SHIB. Mike and Russ Hutchison joined OSHA and representatives from seven other Alliance Program participants to help OSHA create the OSHA Powered Industrial Truck eTool. Also, AEM joined more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week. Finally, on January 30, 2008, Mike Pankonin joined representatives from 13 construction-related Alliances and participated in the second Alliance Program Construction Roundtable at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

  5. Alliance Program Reach
 
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and AEM Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site 49,884
AEM and OSHA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site 73,448
October 3, 2007: OSHA Announces New Alliance with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, OSHA News Release 69 News Services
October 3, 2007: AEM and OSHA Partner to Enhance Jobsite Safety, AEM News Data Not Available
October 4, 2007: AEM and OSHA Partner to Enhance Job Site Safety, Construction and Demolition Recycling Data Not Available
October 4, 2007: AEM-OSHA Alliance Targets Forklift Safety, Forklift News Data Not Available
October 9, 2007: AEM and OSHA Join Forces, Cranes Today Data Not Available
October 11, 2007: Equipment Manufacturers Sign Alliance with OSHA, BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
October 12, 2007: AEM, OSHA Partner to Enhance Job Site Safety, Construction Equipment Guide Data Not Available
October 15, 2007: Alliance Program Activity, QuickTakes 65,000
October 15, 2007: e-Quick Takes, Aggregates Manager e-News Data Not Available
October 17, 2007: OSHA Allies with Equipment Manufacturers for Telehandler Safety, Facilities Management News Data Not Available
October 22, 2007: OSHA Announces Alliance with AEM, ThomasNet - Industrial NewsRoom Data Not Available
November 1, 2007: AEM and OSHA Form Alliance to Promote Forklift Safety, Site Prep Online Data Not Available
December 1, 2007: AEM and OSHA Form Forklift-Safety Alliance, Construction Equipment Data Not Available
December 6, 2007: AEM and OSHA Alliance, Construction Bulletin Data Not Available
December 31, 2007: AEM and OSHA Partner to Enhance Jobsite Safety, OEM Off-Highway Data Not Available
December 31, 2007: AEM and OSHA Partner on Safety, Training Programs and Outreach, Colorado Construction Data Not Available
December 31, 2007: OSHA Alliances, OSHA Up To Date Data Not Available
January 17, 2008: AEM and OSHA Partner to Enhance Jobsite Safety, OEM Off-Highway Data Not Available
March 2008: Publication Stand Advertises Alliance Program, Product Created Through Alliance, Alliance Quarterly Review 300
March 13, 2008: AEM Trench Shoring and Shielding Association Breakfast meeting, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, "OSHA's Trenching Initiative and Construction Update"

Speaker: Michael Buchet
45
March 14, 2008: CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, " OSHA's Top Ten Construction Hazards"

Speaker: Michael Buchet
80
Total 188,667


IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the coming year, OSHA and AEM will continue to develop compliance assistance tools and resources. For example, the Alliance will:

  • Develop best practices bulletins to address rough terrain vehicle issues such as "To See" for equipment operators and "To Be Seen" for pedestrians.


  • Create an equipment sticker intended to remind the equipment operators of the training requirements set out under 29 CFR 1910.178(L).


  • Exhibit at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center, on October 6-8, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky.


  • Participate in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and its Fall Protection and, Design for Safety Workgroups.


  • Support 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week


  • Serve on the editorial boards for several of the 120 OSHA eTools and Safety and Health Topics pages.


Report prepared by: Rob Swick, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 3, 2008.