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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT – FY 2017

Connecticut Tree Protective Association
Signed July 21, 2005
Renewed: July 21, 2007


Overview

The purpose was to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge. Emphasis would be on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards found in arborist's activities

Implementation Team Members

Robert W. Kowalski (ret.), Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, Bridgeport Area Office
Leona May, Compliance Assistance Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, Bridgeport Area Office
Bud Neal-CTPA
Emmett Shutte- CTPA

Contributors

Warren Rogers, Eversource Energy

Evaluation Period

FY 2017 - October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017

Team Meetings

***Numerous telephone calls and emails were exchanged throughout this evaluation period between Bridgeport Area Office's Compliance Assistance Specialist Leona May and Kathy Davorsky, Secretary for the Connecticut Tree Protective Association.

October 25, 2016 – CAS Leona May attended a safety committee meeting at the Connecticut Tree Protective Association's office in Wallingford, CT.

March 7, 2017 – CAS Leona May attended a safety committee meeting at the Connecticut Tree Protective Association's office in Wallingford, CT.

June 20, 2017 – CAS Leona May attended a safety committee meeting at the Connecticut Tree Protective Association's office in Wallingford, CT.

Events and Products

November 3, 2016 – CAS Leona May attended the Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) sponsored by the Connecticut Tree Protective Association. Bridgeport CAS assisted with organizing the training event. The training was held at Eversource Energy's corporate headquarters in Berlin, CT.

January 19, 2017 – CAS Leona May attended the CPTA's annual meeting in Southington, CT and established an OSHA booth with OSHA information and publications.

July 20, 2017 – CAS Leona May and Assistant Area Director Steve Biasi attended the Connecticut Tree Protective Association's annual meeting in Farmington, CT.

Outreach and Communication

The Alliance utilizes the CPTA Association newsletter published several times a year. Feature articles have covered relevant safety topics. Organization has a website with safety info also included.

Outreach goals are promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health in tree preservation and arborist industry.

Communication is primarily conducted through email, websites and mail distribution.

Results

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
October 25, 2016/March 7, 2017/June 20, 2017 - Safety Committee Meetings (three meetings) 30
January 19, 2017 - CPTA Winter Meeting 810
July 20, 2017 - CPTA Summer Meeting 670
May 25, 2017 - EHAP Electrical Hazard Awareness training 85
TOTAL 1460

Upcoming Milestones in FY 2018

The Bridgeport Area Office will continue to present various safety and health topics and training in coordination with Connecticut Protective Tree Association.

The CPTA intends to increase the frequency of their safety meetings to quarterly (four times a year).

Bridgeport Area OSHA Office intends to renew this alliance in early FY18.

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