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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
PITTSBURGH AREA OFFICE (OSHA)
And the
PITTSBURGH REGIONAL BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL
May 21, 2019


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      May 17, 2004 Renewed: May 25, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period

      May 17, 2018 – May 17, 2019

    3. Overview

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office and The Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council aligned to provide Council members, including youth apprentice workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the various hazards associated with the construction industry.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

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

      Alliance participant

      Tom Melcher – Business Manager, Pittsburgh Regional Building and Construction Trades Council
      Richard Stanizzo – Business Manager, Pittsburgh Regional Building and Construction Trades Council (Retired during the evaluation period)

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • September 14, 2018
    • January 11, 2019
    • March 15, 2019
    • April 17, 2019

    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 the 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 building trades unions and their apprenticeship schools 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
    Meeting
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    The CAS visited each of the seventeen union apprenticeship schools to meet with the Apprenticeship Coordinators/Instructors. The unions represented are as follows: Ironworkers Local #3; United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local #37; IUPAT District Council #57; Cement Masons Local #526; Plasterers Local #31; Laborers District Council of Western PA; Sprinkler Fitters Local #542; Keystone-Mountain-Lakes Carpenters; Steamfitters Local #449;
    Insulators Local #2; Plumbers Local #27; Elevator Constructors Local #6;
    Boilermakers Local #154; Operating Engineers Local #66; Bricklayers and Allied Craft Local #9; Sheet Metal Workers Local #12; IBEW Local #5. CAS met with the Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors. CAS presented/discussed OSHA update information to include but not limited to website training materials, focus four hazards, worker rights, common cited standards, and local fatality stats. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and OSHA inspection activities and initiatives were discussed. These meetings act as a forum to exchange safety and health technical information and best practices. The Apprenticeship Schools conduct and promote safety and health training to both apprentices and journeymen throughout the year.
    Construction
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Recordkeeping
    Hazard Communication
    Oil & Gas
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Youth Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    21,000
    (Total Members)
    Meeting
    Dissemination
    Two Apprentice Information Committee Meetings - CAS attended/participated in the first meeting that focused on diversity in the building trades' workforce - primarily focused on getting women in the trades. Other government USDOL agencies that participated were from the Women's Bureau, EEOC, Office of Apprenticeship and an agency that promotes Veterans to hire. Information relating to workforce development was discussed and reviewed.
    CAS attended/participated in the second Apprentice Information Committee Meeting. Information pertaining to workforce development and education were discussed. PA Department of Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary discussed pre-apprenticeship programs and funding. In addition, Apprenticeship Coordinators provided report outs of their programs.
    Workforce Diversity
    Workforce Development and Education
    21,000
    (Total Members)
    Training
    Dissemination
    PA Governors Safety Conference - OSHA had an information booth. A variety of safety and health workshops were presented throughout the conference. Representatives from the Building Trades attended the conferenceConstruction
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Recordkeeping
    Hazard Communication
    Oil & Gas
    Silica
    Electrical
    10
    Training
    Speech/Presentation
    Dissemination
    IBEW #5 - The CAS and AD participated in presenting and discussing OSHA and worksite project information with a 2nd year electrical apprenticeship class.Construction
    Electrical
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Youth Workers
    12
    Training
    Speech/Presentation
    Dissemination
    The IBEW Local #5 host the OSHA OTI Electrical Standards Training Course #3090 at their apprenticeship school. Along with OTI instructors, the instructors at the apprenticeship school conducted training sessions throughout the two-week course. The Pittsburgh Area Office AD and CAS opened the training with a welcome introduction, to include presenting information on the working relationship with the Building Trades through the Alliance.Construction
    Electrical
    15
    Exhibit
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    Dissemination
    PA One Call Western PA Safety Day - Pittsburgh Area Office representatives staffed an information table and provided presentations on 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. Union 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, the Operating Engineers had an information table.Construction
    Fall Protection
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Heat Stress
    Safety and Health Program/Systems
    Trenching/Excavation
    100
    OtherPartnership Sites - The Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council supports and have craft workers from the various Trades Unions on two construction Partnership sites in the Pittsburgh Area Office Jurisdiction. The Business Manager for the Building Trades Council has signed in support of these partnership agreements. This evaluation period a new partnership construction project was signed.Construction
    Safety and Health Program/Systems
    500
    Training
    Speech/Presentation
    Dissemination
    The Operating Engineers Local #66 hosted the Region III CSHO In-Service Training at their apprenticeship school. Along with Regional Staff providing various training sessions, the instructors at the apprenticeship school conducted two interactive training sessions on Crane Operations and Trenching. Construction
    Oil and Gas
    Lockout/Tagout
    Silica
    Crane Operation
    Trenching
    40
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    Dissemination
    Ironworkers Local #3 - As part of the fall stand down, the CAS and AD presented information on fall hazards, fall prevention, and local fatality stats to apprentices at the Ironworkers Local #3 Apprenticeship School. In addition, numerous specific questions on fall protection at the apprentices various jobsites were discussed. The apprenticeship instructors also participated in the training and Q&A.Fall Prevention
    Construction
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    40
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    Dissemination
    University of Pittsburgh - Fall Stand Down Event - OSHA, University, Fall Protection manufacturer/vendor and General Contractor representatives presented information on fall hazards, fall prevention, and local fatality stats to union craft workers working at various construction projects at the University. Fall Prevention
    Construction
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    170
    Training
    Dissemination
    Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters - CAS and AD attended the Open House and Carpentry Skills Expo at the Carpenters Apprenticeship School. CAS and AD provided updated OSHA information and answered numerous questions relating to OSHA construction standards/policies/procedures throughout the day event. In addition, a fall protection equipment vender had an exhibit and presented information on fall prevention. The attendees at the event were construction safety and health professionals, construction company owners and managers, safety equipment venders, journeymen, apprentices, students from Vo-Tech schools, state and local politicians, and family members. Construction
    Fall Prevention
    Worker Rights
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices and Vo-Tech Students)
    850
    DisseminationRegion 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.Construction
    Struck-By Hazards
    Electrocutions
    Caught-in/Between
    Fall Prevention
    21,000
    (Total Members)
    DisseminationThroughout this evaluation period, the CAS has e-mailed six safety alerts on product defects relating to ladders, harnesses, hard hats, safety boots, safety switches, and a confined space rescue kit.Fall Prevention
    Construction
    Electrical
    PPE
    Confined Space
    21,000
    (Total Members)
    Training and Education:
    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for union workers, both journeymen and apprentices, and others regarding hazards associated with the construction industry and to communicate such information to constituent union workers and employers.
    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for building trades unions 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 union workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    The CAS visited each of the seventeen union apprenticeship schools to meet with the Apprenticeship Coordinators/Instructors. The unions represented are as follows: Ironworkers Local #3; United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local #37; IUPAT District Council #57; Cement Masons Local #526; Plasterers Local #31; Laborers District Council of Western PA; Sprinkler Fitters Local #542; Keystone-Mountain-Lakes Carpenters; Steamfitters Local #449;
    Insulators Local #2; Plumbers Local #27; Elevator Constructors Local #6;
    Boilermakers Local #154; Operating Engineers Local #66; Bricklayers and Allied Craft Local #9; Sheet Metal Workers Local #12; IBEW Local #5. CAS met with the Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors. CAS presented/discussed OSHA update information to include but not limited to website training materials, focus four hazards, worker rights, common cited standards, and local fatality stats. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and OSHA inspection activities and initiatives were discussed. These meetings act as a forum to exchange safety and health technical information and best practices. The Apprenticeship Schools conduct and promote safety and health training to both apprentices and journeymen throughout the year.
    Construction
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Recordkeeping
    Hazard Communication
    Oil & Gas
    Silica
    Work Zone Safety
    Youth Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    21,000
    (Total Members)
    Training
    Dissemination
    PA Governors Safety Conference - OSHA had an information booth. A variety of safety and health workshops were presented throughout the conference. Representatives from the Building Trades attended the conferenceConstruction
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Recordkeeping
    Hazard Communication
    Oil & Gas
    Silica
    Electrical
    10
    Training
    Speech/Presentation
    Dissemination
    IBEW #5 - The CAS and AD participated in presenting and discussing OSHA and worksite project information with a 2nd year electrical apprenticeship class.Construction
    Electrical
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Youth Workers
    12
    Training
    Speech/Presentation
    Dissemination
    The IBEW Local #5 host the OSHA OTI Electrical Standards Training Course #3090 at their apprenticeship school from Along with OTI instructors, the instructors at the apprenticeship school conducted training sessions throughout the two-week course. The Pittsburgh Area Office AD and CAS opened the training with a welcome introduction, to include presenting information on the working relationship with the Building Trades through the Alliance.Construction
    Electrical
    15
    Exhibit
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    Dissemination
    PA One Call Western PA Safety Day - Pittsburgh Area Office representatives staffed an information table and provided presentations on 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. Union 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, the Operating Engineers had an information table.Construction
    Fall Protection
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Heat Stress
    Safety and Health Program/Systems
    100
    Training
    Speech/Presentation
    Dissemination
    The Operating Engineers Local #66 hosted the Region III CSHO In-Service Training at their apprenticeship school. Along with Regional Staff providing various training sessions, the instructors at the apprenticeship school conducted two interactive training sessions on Crane Operations and Trenching.Construction
    Oil and Gas
    Lockout/Tagout
    Silica
    Crane Operation
    Trenching
    40
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    Dissemination
    Ironworkers Local #3 - As part of the fall stand down, the CAS and AD presented information on fall hazards, fall prevention, and local fatality stats to apprentices at the Ironworkers Local #3 Apprenticeship School. In addition, numerous specific questions on fall protection at the apprentices various jobsites were discussed. The apprenticeship instructors also participated in the training and Q&A.Fall Prevention
    Construction
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    40
    Speech/Presentation
    Training
    Dissemination
    University of Pittsburgh - Fall Stand Down Event - OSHA, University, Fall Protection manufacturer/vendor and General Contractor representatives presented information on fall hazards, fall prevention, and local fatality stats to union craft workers working at various construction projects at the University. Fall Prevention
    Construction
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    170
    Training
    Dissemination
    Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters - CAS and AD attended the Open House and Carpentry Skills Expo at the Carpenters Apprenticeship School. CAS and AD provided updated OSHA information and answered numerous questions relating to OSHA construction standards/policies/procedures throughout the day event. In addition, a fall protection equipment vender had an exhibit and presented information on fall prevention. The attendees at the event were construction safety and health professionals, construction company owners and managers, safety equipment venders, journeymen, apprentices, students from Vo-Tech schools, state and local politicians, and family membersConstruction
    Fall Prevention
    Worker Rights
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers
    (Union Apprentices and Vo-Tech Students)
    850
    DisseminationRegion 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.Construction
    Struck-By Hazards
    Electrocutions
    Caught-in/Between
    Fall Prevention
    21,000
    (Total Members)
    Outreach and Communication:
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the Pittsburgh Regional Building and Construction Trades Council conferences, local meetings, apprenticeship schools or other applicable events.
    • o share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the Pittsburgh Regional Building and Construction Trades Council 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
    Electrical
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Youth Workers
    (Union Apprentices)
    Trenching/Excavation
    Workplace Violence/Suicides
    Opioid Addiction
    Employee Assistance Programs
    See previous sections
     
    TOTAL  85,737
  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 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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