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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed


    November 22, 2005

    Dates Renewed

    December 18, 2007

    Overview:

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and Altec are working together to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources to help protect employees' health and safety, including non-English or limited English speaking workers. The Alliance continues to address the safe operation of cranes, digger derricks, and insulated and non-insulated aerial devices, including tree care devices, and focuses on industry hazards such as falls and electrocutions.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Lee Anne Jillings, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)*
    Lisa Ramber, OOSA**
    Bill Willson, OOSA

    Altec:

    Ron Beach, SENTRY Safety Program Manager
    Josh Chard, Manager, Prevention and Product Safety
    Kristie Hale, Administrative Assistant
    Lee Styslinger   Chief Executive Officer
    *Lee Anne Jillings served on the Implementation Team until September 2008
    ** Lisa Ramber served on the Implementation Team until August 2008

    Evaluation Period

    November 22, 2007 - November 21, 2008

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    January 25, 2008 - Implementation Team Meeting
    May 22, 2008 - Implementation Team Meeting
    June 4, 2008 - Maritime Aerial Work Platforms Meeting
    July 18, 2008 - Gulf Coast Maritime Safety Alliance Meeting
    September 4, 2008 - Implementation Team Meeting

  3. Results
     
    1. Products and Events

      Training and Education Goal

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs in English and Spanish, on the safe operation and proper use of cranes, digger derricks, and insulated, non-insulated and aerial devices, including tree care devices.

        The OSHA and Altec Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or 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, including electronic assistance tools and OSHA and Altec Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

        Altec Tip Sheets

        Through the Alliance, Altec developed the following tip sheets:

        • Protect Yourself: Aerial Devices – Vehicle-mounted Elevating and Rotating Platforms.  The tip sheet provides information to help employers inform their workers about the hazards with working on aerial devices and identifies guidelines for employees to follow.
        • Protect Yourself: Aerial Equipment Electrical Hazards.  The tip sheet provides information to help employers inform their workers about the electrical hazards associated with working on aerial devices and identifies guidelines for employees to follow.
        • Protect Yourself: Operator Training for Elevating Equipment. The tip sheet provides information to help employers identify the training recommended for workers on the inspection and operation of elevating equipment.

        The finalized tip sheets were posted on the Altec Safety Web site and linked to from the OSHA and Altec Alliance Web page and Alliance Program Participant Developed Product Web page on the agency's Web site.

        Altec Pamphlets

        Through the Alliance, Altec developed the following pamphlets:

        • Aerial Devices – Vehicle-mounted Elevating and Rotating Platforms. The pamphlet provides information in English and Spanish to help employers inform their workers about the hazards with working on aerial devices and identifies guidelines for employees to follow.
        • Aerial Equipment Electrical Hazards. The pamphlet provides information in English and Spanish to help employers inform their workers about the electrical hazards associated with working on aerial devices and identifies guidelines for employees to follow.
        • Operator Training for Aerial Equipment. The pamphlet provides information in English and Spanish to help employers identify the training recommended for workers on the inspection and operation of aerial equipment.
        The finalized pamphlets were posted on the Altec Safety Web site and linked to from the OSHA and Altec Alliance Web page and Alliance Program Participant Developed Product Web page on the agency’s Web site.

        OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks eTool  

        OSHA completed and posted the Powered Industrial Trucks eTool on the Agency Web site in September 2008. Don McAuliffe, Altec member, served on the development team, and is currently serving on the eTool’s editorial board.

        OSHA and Altec Alliance Web Page

        OSHA continues to update the OSHA and Altec Alliance Web page on the agency’s Web site.  The page includes links to the Alliance renewal agreement and related documents, activities and events, and safety and health resources.  During the reporting period, information on Altec Mobile Crane Training and Safe Operation of Insulated Aerial Devices Training for OSHA staff was added to the page.  In addition, links to the pamphlets and tip sheets developed by Altec through the Alliance were added to the page.

        For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and Altec Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach Table.
         
        Altec Safety Web Page

        Altec continues to update the page including adding links to the tip sheets and pamphlets developed through the OSHA and Altec Alliance. Altec has also initiated a revision of the Altec SENTRY Program portion of it’s Safety Web page. 

        OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

        Joshua Chard continues to serve on the editorial boards for the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages:

        • Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Safety
        • Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Industry
        • Tree Care Industry

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or industry-related conferences, local meetings or other events.

        Events


        Altec Outreach Opportunities

        Through the OSHA and Altec Alliance, OSHA continued to provided Altec with numerous copies of four of the Agency's QuickCards: Tree Trimming and Removal Safety Tips; Protect Yourself Crane Safety; Aerial Lifts Safety Tips and Chain Saw Safety Tips, as well as copies of the OSHA and Altec Alliance Activities Summary. The publications were distributed by Altec company representatives from Altec's exhibit booth during the following events:

        • National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Trade Show, August 1-3, 2008, Knoxville, Tennessee
        • International Lineman Rodeo & Expo, September 11 - 12, 2008, Overland Park, Kansas
        • National Electrical Contractors Association Trade Show, October 5 - 7, 2008, Chicago, Illinois
        • Municipal Electric Safety Exchange Trade Show, October 16, 2008, Denton, Texas
        • Incident Prevention Trade Show, November 10 - 12, 2008, Salt Lake City, Utah

        In addition, Josh Chard made presentations at each of the events that included information about the OSHA and Altec Alliance along with information about workplace safety and health resources available through OSHA.

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Altec best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by Altec and through OSHA or Altec developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

        Events

        Digger Derrick Training Seminar

        Through the Alliance, Altec delivered a Digger Derrick Training seminar to 15 OSHA staff on November 3, 2008, in Henderson, Nevada.  Topics discussed during the two-day training seminar include: safety statements; hand signals and OSHA regulations; and unit setup and pre-operational inspection. In addition, Altec provided equipment that the training seminars' attendees used during the hands-on demonstration.

        Mobile Crane Training Seminar

        Through the Alliance, Altec delivered the Mobile Crane Training seminar to a total of 57 OSHA staff.  Topics discussed during the two day training seminar included safety statements; hand signals and OSHA regulations; and unit setup and pre-operational inspection. In addition, Altec provided equipment that the training seminars' attendees used during the hands-on demonstrations. Training was conducted in the following locations:

        • June 2-3, 2008, Millbury, Massachusetts
        • June 4-5, 2008, Millbury, Massachusetts
        • July 15-16, 2008, Albany, New York
        • July 17-18, 2008, Albany, New York

        Safe Operation of Insulated and Non-Insulated Aerial Device Training Seminar

        Through the Alliance, Altec delivered the Safe Operation of Insulated and Non-Insulated Aerial Devices seminar to a total of 88 OSHA staff.  Topics discussed during the one day training seminars included best practices and safe operation of insulated and non-insulated aerial devices; issues related to minimum approach distances to energized sources and the prevention of electrocutions. In addition, Altec provided equipment that the training seminar’s attendees used during the hands-on demonstrations. Training was conducted in the following locations:

        • September 23, 2008, Santa Ana, California
        • September 24, 2008, Santa Ana, California
        • September 25, 2008, Santa Ana, California
        • September 26, 2008, Santa Ana, California
        • October 7, 2008, Phoenix, Arizona
        • October 8, 2008, Phoenix, Arizona
        • October 9, 2008, Phoenix, Arizona

        Aerial Work Platforms Conference Call

        On June 4, 2008, Danielle Watson, Safety and Health Specialist, Maritime Standards/Guidance, USDOL-OSHA and Paul Comolli, Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Maritime Enforcement held a conference call with Josh Chard to discuss the issue of maritime workers tying-off for fall protection when working aloft in an aerial lift while over water. Mr. Chard answered Agency questions and provided an Altec Aerial Lift Operations manual along with an instruction video to Ms. Watson. In addition, Mr. Chard agreed to assist the Agency in the future with any issues concerning aerial lifts over water.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as the safe operation and use of cranes, digger derricks, insulated, non-insulated and aerial devices, including tree care devices and industry hazards such as falls and electrocutions, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

        Safe Operation of Aerial Devices Over-Water Training Seminar, November 20, 2008, Mobile, Alabama

        Through the Alliance, on November 20, 2008, Altec provided a training seminar to the Gulf Coast Maritime Safety Alliance members on the safe operation of aerial devices over water.  Josh Chard provided training to 23 Alliance members.

      Promoting the National Dialogue Goal

      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to address safety and health issues such as the safe use of cranes, digger derricks and aerial devices and hazards such as falls and electrocutions to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

        The OSHA and Altec Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    2. Executive Summary

      Through the OSHA and Altec Alliance, OSHA and Altec have continued working together during the past year on a number of projects to share and distribute safety and health information regarding cranes, insulated and non-insulated aerial devices and digger derricks. Examples of the efforts include:

      • The completion of the following tip sheets:
        • Protect Yourself: Aerial Devices – Vehicle-mounted Elevating and Rotating Platforms
        • Protect Yourself: Aerial Equipment Electrical Hazards
        • Protect Yourself: Operator Training for Aerial Equipment -General Training Guidance

      • The completion of the following pamphlets:
        • Aerial Devices Vehicle-mounted Elevating and Rotating Platforms
        • Aerial Equipment - Electrical Hazards
        • Operator Training for Aerial Equipment

      • The completion of the following pamphlets:
        • Aerial Devices Vehicle-mounted Elevating and Rotating Platforms
        • Aerial Equipment - Electrical Hazards
        • Operator Training for Aerial Equipment

      • Contucting 12 training seminars for 160 OSHA Regional and Area Office staff in Arizona, California, Massachusetts and New York.

      • Providing OSHA with information during the Agency’s development of the Powered Industrial Truck eTool and serving on the finalized eTool’s editorial board. 

      • Serving on the editorial boards for the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages:
        • Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety
        • Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Industry
        • Tree Care Industry

      ASSE also invited OSHA staff to speak at their Safety 2010 PDC, June 13-16, 2010, in Baltimore Maryland.  During the conference, Dr. Michaels addressed the key issues and concerns of safety, health, and environmental professionals regarding the impact of the federal government on standards development and compliance assistance efforts, and Steven F. Witt presented an update on current activities at OSHA.  In addition, OSHA staff from Region III and safety and health professionals in industry presented an interactive session entitled "Meet the Inspectors."  Further, OSHA had an exhibit booth in the exhibition hall and distributed copies of the Agency’s compliance assistance and cooperative program materials.

    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached
      OSHA and Altec Alliance Web page 8,565
      Altec Safer and Smarter Web page Data not available
      January 9, 2008, “OSHA Renews Alliance with Altec Industries, Inc.,” ThomasNet - Industrial NewsRoom 1,800
      January 9, 2008, “OSHA Renews Alliance with Altec Industries, Inc.,” ThomasNet - Industrial NewsRoom 1,800
      Janaury10, 2008, “Altec Industries, OSHA Renew Alliance,” BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data not available
      March 2008, “OSHA Alliances,” OSHA Up To Date 62 News Services
      May 30, 2008, “New OSHA and Alliance Program Participant Products,” ASSE Government Affairs Updates 6,500

      June 2-3, 2008, Mobile Crane Training

      Training Seminar – Millbury, Massachusetts
      15

      June 4-5, 2008, Mobile Crane Training

      Seminar – Millbury, Massachusetts
      15

      July 15-16, 2008, Mobile Crane Training

      Seminar – Albany, New York
      14
      July 17-18, 2008, Mobile Crane Training Seminar – Albany, New York 13
      September 23, 2008, Insulated Aerial Devices Training Seminar – Santa Anna, California 14

      September 24, 2008, Insulated Aerial Devices

      Training Seminar – Santa Anna, California
      12
      September 25, 2008, Insulated Aerial Devices Training Seminar – Santa Anna, California 14
      September 26, 2008, Insulated Aerial Devices Training Seminar – Santa Anna, California 10
      October 7, 2008, Insulated Aerial Devices Training Seminar – Phoenix, Arizona 15
      October 8, 2008, Insulated Aerial Devices Training Seminar – Phoenix, Arizona 15
      October 9, 2008, Insulated Aerial Devices Training Seminar – Phoenix, Arizona 8
      November 3, 2008, Digger Derrick Training Seminar – Henderson, Nevada 15
      November 20, 2008, Aerial Lifts Over Water Training Seminar – Birmingham, Alabama 23

      Cranes, Derrick and Hoist Safety

      Safety and Health Topics Page
      35,187

      Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Industry

      Safety and Health Topics Page
      12,963

      Tree Care Industry

      Safety and Health Topics Page
      8,526
      Powered Industrial Truck eTool 8,565
      Total 83,881


  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The OSHA and Altec Alliance Implementation Team has discussed a number of projects and activities to achieve the goals of the Alliance during the upcoming year. For example: Altec will continue to offer the following seminars to OSHA staff:

    • Safe Operation of Insulated Aerial Devices
    • Mobile Crane Training
    • Digger Derrick Training

    OSHA and Altec will continue to work together to promote safety and health in the workplace and the OSHA and Altec Alliance through exhibiting and speaking opportunities at trade shows and conferences.

    Altec also will work with Tree Care Industry Association, another Alliance Program participant, to identify projects of common interest on which to work together. Potential project include the development of Fact Sheets, Tool Box Talks, and/or Checklists.

    Altec is working with OOSA to develop a success story on the training that Altec has provided and will continue to provide to OSHA staff. The story will be published in the December 2008 edition of the Alliance Quarterly Review.

    Additionally, Altec will begin work on a pamphlet focusing on Chipper safety for the industry in both the English and Spanish languages.

    Josh Chard will continue to serve as a member of the following Safety and Health Topics pages editorial boards:

    • Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety
    • Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Industry
    • Tree Care Industry

Finally, Don McAuliffe will serve with other Alliance Program participants on the editorial board for the Agency's Powered Industrial Truck eTool.

Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services Alliances, December 2, 2008.