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The Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
March 17, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    Original: 3-11-03 Renewal: 3-4-05 Renewal: 3-30-07 Renewal: 3-16-09

    Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office and the Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (IWEA) aligned to foster and maintain an open line of communication with each other for the meaningful exchange of information on promoting OSHA compliance and Industry best practices in the Construction Industry.

    Implementation Team Members

    Bill Ligetti – Executive Director, IWEA
    Bob SzymanskI - OSHA Pgh. AO AD
    Frank Librich – OSHA Pgh AO Safety Team Leader
    Bob Carroll – OSHA Pgh AO CAS

    Evaluation Period

    March 14, 2008 to March 17, 2009

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
     
    May 23, 2008 In-person Greentree, PA
    September 4, 2008 Conference Call  
    December 11, 2008 Conference Call  
    January 15, 2009 In-person Greentree, PA
    March 16, 2008 In-person Greentree, PA

     
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Outreach and Communication


    May 23, 2008 - Met with IWEA Executive Director and provided him with updated handouts on top twenty-five frequently cited standards out of our Region in the SIC applicable to his membership.

    June 3, 2008 – Pre-construction meeting with a safety representative from a contractor conducting steel erection/bridge work was held to review construction standards and interpretations addressing steel erection and fall protection issues.

    July 31, 2008 – The Pittsburgh Area Office e-mailed a safety alert on a defective mobile crane boom to the IWEA Executive Director. The Director distributed this alert to the membership by posting it on their website.

    December 11, 2008 - The Pittsburgh Area Office e-mailed a safety alert on a defective fall protection anchorage product to the IWEA Executive Director. The Director distributed this alert to the membership by posting it on their website.

    January 15, 2009 – Met with IWEA Executive Director and provided him with updated handouts on top twenty-five frequently cited standards in both construction and general industry to distribute to his membership. In addition, the CAS participated in reviewing and judging submitted packets on jobs that had no lost time accidents for upcoming safety recognition awards.

    February 23, 2009 – A construction information meeting relating to a connector issue at a high school stadium was conducted with the safety representative of a member company.

    March 2, 2009 - The Pittsburgh Area Office e-mailed a safety alert on an accident that occurred relating to a compressed gas welding activity to the IWEA Executive Director. The Director distributed this alert to the membership by posting it on their website.

    Billl Ligetti, IWEA Executive Director, and member company representatives have called throughout the year for discussion on standards and policy information relating to their perspective work sites.

     
  4. Results

    The information provided was well received. In addition, Bill Ligetti, Executive Director, and his members who have called throughout the year indicated the information received from the Pittsburgh Area Office was very helpful in interpreting OSHA’s policies and standards as they related to their current construction activities.
     
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Three Website Safety Alert Posting Approximately 1200 construction personnel would have access to this information
    Pre-Construction Meeting & Information Meeting 25
    Provided Frequently Cited Standards (For applicable SIC and for all Const. & GI in our Regional Area of Jurisdiction) 1200
    TOTAL 4 1225


  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories has been very positive.

    Presently, the current representatives of the signatory parties plan on maintaining and continuing the Alliance. As a requested formality the signatory parties signed a renewal document on 3-16-2009.

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