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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

THE PITTSBURGH AREA OFFICE (OSHA)
And the
CONSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
December 19, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      December 19, 2005 Renewed: December 15, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      December 16, 2016 – December 19, 2017

    3. Overview

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office and The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) 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.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Christopher Robinson – Area Director, Pittsburgh Area Office
      Robert Carroll – Compliance Assistance Specialist, Pittsburgh Area Office

      Alliance participant

      Jason Koss – Director of Industry Relations, CAWP
      Richard Barcaskey – Executive Director, CAWP
      George Mezey – President, CAWP

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

      March 23, 2017
      May 30, 2017
      June 15, 2017
      November 8, 2017
      December 18, 2017

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups 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.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by working with member contractors, subcontractors and the heavy and highway joint union apprenticeship committees to promote workplace safety through informational materials, discussions, meetings, organizational events, and training.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination
    Training
    Region III "Focus Four Hazards" Campaign - Throughout this evaluation, the CAS has e-mailed the tool box talks on the Focus Four Hazards (Falls, Electrocutions, Struck by, Caught-in/between). The campaign was to raise awareness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards. CAWP members utilized information for training at jobsites. Construction
    Struck-By Hazards
    Electrocutions
    Caught-in/Between
    Fall Prevention
    4000
    Speech/Presentation
    Exhibit
    The Mid-Atlantic Safety and Health Alliance held its annual conference. This group provides a venue that replaces the defunct Western Pennsylvania Safety Council. CAWP promotes this event annually through their website. The CAWP Director on Industry Safety and member representatives attend the event for the educational tracks on construction and oil-gas operation safety. The Pittsburgh OSHA Area Office staffed an information booth. The AD presented an OSHA update as the closing keynote speaker. In addition, a Q&A Panel discussion was conducted with AD, AAD, and CAS. Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Construction
    Oil & Gas
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Recordkeeping
    Temporary Workers
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Small Business
    20
    Dissemination
    Media
    CAWP workzone media event - AD and CAS participated/supported a media event promoting workzone safety. The CAWP Director of Industry Relations, PennDot District manager, and State Police Spokeswoman, presented information to television and newspaper reporters at a major highway construction project. Construction
    Workzone Safety
    84,708
    (Estimated TV household market- Nielsen Media Research)
    Meetings
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania is represented on all heavy and highway union joint apprenticeship committees operating in western Pennsylvania. The Association accomplishes this by appointing contractor members to each of these programs, which include the following trade unions: Carpenters, Cement Masons, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Pile Drivers. In addition, a training fund is used for education of Teamsters. These committees are responsible for providing skilled construction workers through apprenticeship and training programs. Safety and Health information is promoted, supported and conveyed through these programs.

    CAS meets with the Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors of the CAWP applicable construction trades unions. CAS presented/discussed OSHA update information. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and OSHA inspection activities and initiatives were discussed.
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Construction
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    12,500
    (Total Member Employees)
    Training CAWP contracted a third party expert/consultant to conduct one Silica Workshop and four separate "Silica Competent Person" training classes Construction
    Silica
    261
    Exhibit
    Speech/Presentation
    PA One Call Western PA Safety Day - Pittsburgh Area Office representatives staffed an information table and provided presentations on and trenching/excavation. The staff provided handouts and answered a variety of question relating to excavation safety, construction standards, fall protection, heat stress, workers' rights and OSHA policies/procedures. The CAWP Director of Industry Relations and member representatives participated and discussed issues and concerns relating to but not limited to OSHA policies/procedures, work zone safety, fall protection, and excavation safety. In addition, CAWP staffed an information table. Construction
    Fall Protection
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Heat Stress
    150
    Meetings
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania has quarterly Safety and Risk Committee meetings. These meetings not only work on planning future training/educational events, they act as a forum to exchange safety and health technical information and best practices. OSHA update information is presented/discussed during these meetings Construction
    Workzone Safety
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Oil and Gas
    Small Business
    Recordkeeping
    25
    Training
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    CAWP and MBA co-sponsored a fall protection day training event at the MSA Training facility which also covered information on the new walking/working surface standard. CAS and CSHO participated in training day. CAS provided handouts/presented and answered a variety of questions relating to OSHA standards and interpretations. Fall Protection 30
    Training OSHA Area Office Staff Meeting - CAS and CAWP Director of Industry Relations coordinated training for the OSHA compliance staff with industry experts from MSA. The training was held at the MSA training facility. Fall Protection training and IH gas meter training was conducted. Training also covered the new walking/working surface standard. Fall Protection
    IH Gas Meter
    15
    TrainingCAWP sponsored and promoted a variety training classes/workshops/webinars throughout the past year covering the following topics: OSHA 10 Hour; First Aid/CPR/AED/Blood Borne Pathogens; Confined Space Entry - Competent Person; Rigging; Flagger Train-The Trainer; Defensive Driving; Workzone Safety; DOT Compliance; Active Shooter Training; Wellness & Drug Testing; NSC on-line Defensive Driving. Construction
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Oil & Gas
    Worker Rights
    305
    Dissemination
    Training
    CAWP website is utilized to provide safety information and promote the various safety activities the organization conducts. The website has a variety of sections to include but not limited to OSHA Alliance agreement, listing of local fatality statistics, frequently cited standards, Safety Bulletins, Crane Safety (link to OSHA standard, preamble, frequently asked questions), Safety Library of DVDs and Videos, a link to the on-line safety training provided by the AGC of America, Several Apps (i.e. Traffic Controller, Bridge Harness Hero, Future Road Builders), and a Government Affairs Section (updates government actions and encourages member to get involved). Construction
    Workzone Safety
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Oil and Gas
    Small Business
    Recordkeeping
    15,000
    (Total employees represented by members and associate members)
    Training
    Dissemination
    CAWP members conducted fall protection safety stand downs at 57 sites. In addition, CAWP sponsored a contest utilizing the "Harness Hero Bridge Edition App" for workers to be more aware of proper use of fall protection.Fall Prevention873
    3127 (App Downloads)
        
    Training and Education:
    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for member contractors and others regarding hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry and to communicate such information to member employers and workers.
    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for heavy and highway construction employers and employees to promote an understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, the responsibilities of employers, and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania has quarterly Safety and Risk Committee meetings. These meetings not only work on planning future training/educational events, they act as a forum to exchange safety and health technical information and best practices. OSHA update information is presented/discussed during these meetings Construction
    Workzone Safety
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Oil and Gas
    Small Business
    Recordkeeping
    25
    Training
    Dissemination
    CAWP members conducted fall protection safety stand downs at 57 sites. In addition, CAWP sponsored a contest utilizing the "Harness Hero Bridge Edition App" for workers to be more aware of proper use of fall protection. Fall Prevention 873
    3127 (App Downloads)
    TrainingCAWP contracted a third party expert/consultant to conduct one Silica Workshop and four separate "Silica Competent Person" training classesConstruction
    Silica
    261
    TrainingCAWP sponsored and promoted a variety training classes/workshops/webinars throughout the past year covering the following topics: OSHA 10 Hour; First Aid/CPR/AED/Blood Borne Pathogens; Confined Space Entry - Competent Person; Rigging; Flagger Train-The Trainer; Defensive Driving; Workzone Safety; DOT Compliance; Active Shooter Training; Wellness & Drug Testing; NSC on-line Defensive Driving. Construction
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Worker Rights
    305
    Dissemination
    Training
    Region III "Focus Four Hazards" Campaign - Throughout this evaluation, the CAS has e-mailed the tool box talks on the Focus Four Hazards (Falls, Electrocutions, Struck by, Caught-in/between). The campaign was to raise awareness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards. CAWP members utilized information for training at jobsites. Construction
    Struck-By Hazards
    Electrocutions
    Caught-in/Between
    Fall Prevention
    4000
    Exhibit
    Speech/Presentation
    PA One Call Western PA Safety Day - Pittsburgh Area Office representatives staffed an information table and provided presentations on and trenching/excavation. The staff provided handouts and answered a variety of question relating to excavation safety, construction standards, fall protection, heat stress, workers' rights and OSHA policies/procedures. The CAWP Director of Industry Relations and member representatives participated and discussed issues and concerns relating to but not limited to OSHA policies/procedures, work zone safety, fall protection, and excavation safety. In addition, CAWP staffed an information table. Construction
    Fall Protection
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Heat Stress
    150
    Training
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    CAWP and MBA co-sponsored a fall protection day training event at the MSA Training facility which also covered information on the new walking/working surface standard. CAS and CSHO participated in this training day. CAS provided handouts/presented and answered a variety of questions relating to OSHA standards and interpretations. Fall Protection 30
    Training OSHA Area Office Staff Meeting - CAS and CAWP Director of Industry Relations coordinated training for the OSHA compliance staff with industry experts from MSA. The training was held at the MSA training facility. Fall Protection training and IH gas meter training was conducted. Training also covered the new walking/working surface standard. Fall Protection
    IH Gas Meter
    15
    Meetings
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania is represented on all heavy and highway union joint apprenticeship committees operating in western Pennsylvania. The Association accomplishes this by appointing contractor members to each of these programs, which include the following trade unions: Carpenters, Cement Masons, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Pile Drivers. In addition, a training fund is used for education of Teamsters. These committees are responsible for providing skilled construction workers through apprenticeship and training programs. Safety and Health information is promoted, supported and conveyed through these programs.

    CAS meets with the Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors of the CAWP applicable construction trades unions. CAS presented/discussed OSHA update information. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and OSHA inspection activities and initiatives were discussed.
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Construction
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    12,500
    (total member employees)
    Outreach and Communication:
    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the CAWP Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CAWP conferences, local meetings, or other applicable events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CAWP good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings
    Speech/Presentations
    Exhibit
    Training
    Dissemination
    All activities in previous sections apply (See Previous sections for reference) Construction
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Small Business
    Oil & Gas
    Recordkeeping
    Temporary Workers
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Youth Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
     
    Dissemination Throughout this evaluation period, the CAS has e-mailed five safety alerts on product defects relating to Genie Lifts (relieve valve pressure, load cell replacement, control system malfunction, extension deck latch failure), a Milwaukee tool battery pack, and a Kidde Fire Extinguisher discharge failure. The Director of Industry relations distributes the alerts to the Safety Committee via e-mail. Fall Prevention
    Construction
    Fire Safety
    Electrical
    12,500
    (total member employees)
    Dissemination
    Training
    Media
    CAWP developed a website (Roadbuilderblitz.com) to raise awareness for youths interested in heavy/highway construction careers. The site contains 10 construction mini-games Apps that incorporate applicable construction and safety information. Construction
    Workzone Safety
    Youth
    5141
    (App downloads of the mini-games)
    Dissemination
    Media
    CAWP in conjunction with AGC of America Purchased radio announcements regarding safety in workzones. Construction
    Workzone Safety
    100,000
    (Estimated radio listeners - Nielsen Audio Ratings)
    Dissemination
    Media
    CAWP workzone media event - AD and CAS participated/supported a media event promoting workzone safety. The CAWP Director of Industry Relations, PennDot District manager, and State Police Spokeswoman, presented information to television and newspaper reporters at a major highway construction project. Construction
    Workzone Safety
    84,708
    (Estimated TV household market- Nielsen Media Research)
     
    TOTAL  33,179

    184,708
    (Estimated Radio and TV listeners and households - Nielsen Media Research)

    8,268
    (Apps downloaded)
  4. Evaluations

    The activities provided during this evaluation period were well received. The member representatives and the recipients of the safety and health outreach activities/communications found the information valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts at their heavy and highway construction jobsites.

    The individuals reached by the outreach activities/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 continues to be very positive

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance continues to look at future opportunities in providing information for affected parties. The Alliance Signatories will continue to work together to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties.

    Report Prepared by: Bob Carroll, CAS Pittsburgh Area Office

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