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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

Original Agreement: 12-19-05         Renewal Agreement: 12-14-07


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office and The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania aligned to provide Council members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry.

Implementation Team Members

Michael Palo – President, CAWP
Richard Barcaskey – Director of Industrial Relations, CAWP
Jason Koss – Director of Safety, Education, and Membership, CAWP
Robert Szymanski – Area Director, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
Robert Carroll – CAS, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office

Evaluation Period

December 19, 2006 to December 19, 2007

II. Implementation Team Meetings

February 27, 2007

March 5, 2007

August 10, 2007

October 11, 2007

December 17, 2007




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III. Events and Products

Training and Education

February 27, 2007 – An OSHA representative presented information on construction standards, policies/procedures, fatality inspection statistics from the local area office, and OSHA’s internet site during a 10 hour OSHA training course.

March 5, 2007 – An OSHA representative participated in a CAWP to present information and handouts on OSHA updates, frequently cited standards in the members respective SIC codes and also for all of construction in Region III, fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh Area Office, and answered compliance interpretation questions as well as receiving feedback on their safety and health concerns.

December 11, 2007 – An OSHA representative presented information on construction standards, policies/procedures, fatality inspection statistics from the local area office, and OSHA’s internet site during a 10 hour OSHA training course.

Outreach and Communication

August 28, 2007 – The Pittsburgh Area Office e-mailed a safety alert on a defect a JLG lift had with bolts shearing off to the CAWP Director of Safety. The Director distributed this alert to their membership by placing is on their newsletter website. It was estimated by the CAWP Director of Safety that approximately 25,000 construction employees would have access to this information.

October 11, 2007 – The CAS participated in a youth event promoting the importance of safety in the heavy and highway construction industry. The CAS was one of the judges in the Kids Construction Safety Calendar Contest. Participants were asked to color a picture showing their parent or relative working safely on a heavy and highway construction project. Before the children began to draw, parents or relatives were encouraged to talk to their children about the importance of safety on a project they had worked on, and the measures that were taken to ensure a safe working environment. Examples may have included discussions on the importance of personal protective equipment, highway work zone safety, trench safety, working around heavy equipment, fall protection, maintaining a drug-free workplace, and general safety awareness. This was a great opportunity to provide a positive outlet for discussion on what construction safety, as well as general safety, means for the entire family.

Representatives of CAWP and company members have called throughout the year for interpretations and guidance on construction standards and OSHA policy/procedure information. In addition, a variety of OSHA construction publications have been requested and supplied to the organizations and its members.

IV. Results

The training and outreach communication information provided was well received. The CAWP representatives and recipients of the training and outreach communication found the information to be valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts at their jobsites. 

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course at CAWP Training Center (2-27-07) 41
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course at CAWP Training Center (12-11-07) 55
CAWP Safety Committee Meeting (3-4-07) 16
Newletter website safety alert posting Approximately 25,000 Construction employees would have access (per CAWP Director of Safety)
TOTAL 25,112

Note: The individuals trained and reached by the outreach communication activities represent companies/unions with many employees/members that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided.

The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance has been very positive. The positive working relationship resulted in the Signatories signing an Alliance Renewal Agreement (12-14-07) extending the Alliance per the Directive.

Upcoming Milestones

The Alliance is looking into future opportunities in providing information for affected parties through internet use, roundtable discussions and training sessions. The Alliance signatories will continue to work to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties.