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March 23, 2018

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      February 5, 2008

    2. Evaluation Period:

      February 5, 2017-February 5, 2018

    3. Overview:

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Charleston Area Office, the West Virginia OSHA Consultation Program and Project BEST aligned to provide BEST 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 highway construction and commercial building. This can include employees working in the power plant for scheduled outage maintenance and capital projects.

  2. Implementation Team Members:


    Prentice Cline - Area Director, Charleston Area Office
    Richard Jeffrey - Compliance Assistance Specialist, Charleston Area Office

    Alliance participants

    Paul Melanko– Administrative Assistant, Project BEST
    Ty Lolini - BEST Consultant
    Lisa Goodnight - Administrator, Project BEST

    Carla Campbell, West Virginia OSHA Consultation Program

    Implementation Team Meetings

    • February 21, 2017
    • March 21, 2017
    • April 18, 2017
    • May 23, 2018
    • September 23, 2017
    • October 17, 2017
    • November 21, 2018
    • January 18, 2018

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact, both person to person and telephonically, throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following tables summarize 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.
    • Encourage employees to participate in OSHA Campaigns include Focus Four, Falls and Safe/Sound.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting / PresentationsEight formal meetings with Board and Safety Committee to discuss current safety topics.

    BEST's Board of Directors meet quarterly (Round Table meeting). Focus is on safety budgeting to bring training and information to members.
    Safety and Health Prog.
    Fall Prevention/Stand down
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Hazard Communication
    Site visitsBEST's consultant(s) provided 11 site visits during this rating. Training is part of the site visit along with inspection.Competent person, fall protection, PPE, and Focus Four Areas295

    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

    Fifteen training sessions were provided to employees and employers by BEST's consultants, Ty Lolini, and Ogle Associates. 7 OSHA 10 Classes,
    Aerial Lifts,
    PEC Safeland,
    Fall Prevention

    BEST's Consultants conduct both OSHA 10 and 30 hour classes for employees and employers. Seven 10 hour classes were conducted.Focus Four training is conducted along with 10 and 30 hour classes.
    BEST's Board of Directors meet quarterly (Round Table meeting). Focus is on safety budgeting to bring training and information to members. Training projections for OSHA 30 AND 10 hour classes and consultants outreach priorities. Focus Four
    CHAO CAS conducted one training session for Union BA's at safety committee meetings on how to file a proper OSHA complaint.Filing a complaint32
    CHAO CAS conducted one overview session for both management and union BA's on SilicaSilica26
    CHAO CAS conducted overview session for both management and Union BA's on severe injury reporting and recordkeepingRecordkeeping28
    BEST's consultant provided eight formal training sessions to Best members on specific related safety standards. Silica, OSHA 10,SafeLand, aerial lifts, confined space103

    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 BEST Web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at BEST conferences, local meetings, or other applicable events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding BEST 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
    Dissemination of materials Throughout the year weekly safety bulletins are generated and sent to members with a new topic each week. CHAO CAS also has e-mailed information on Falls Stand-down, Focus Four, Silica, Severe injury Reporting, recordkeeping guidelines, Region III Focus Four Campaign, Safe/Sound Campaign. BEST's administrator distributes the alerts to the Safety Committee via e-mail/website and to all members associate Focus Four
    Fall Prevention/Stand down
    Heat Stress
    Workzone Safety
    Safe and Secure Campaign


    TOTAL 6,201+
  4. Evaluations

    The activities provided during this evaluation reached a significant number of employees, have a positive outcome for safety and health in the construction industry in West Virginia. Feedback received during the year from member representatives and the recipients of the safety and health outreach activities/communications was that the information was valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts.

    It is noted that due to turnover in management and safety consultant personnel at BEST, some records relating to 30 hour training were lost and not recoverable from the previous safety consultant, thus not included in report. Also, there was no utilization of WV OSHA consultation services, according to feedback from BEST. Charleston Area Office hopes to improve records management, communication with BEST leadership, and utilization of the Consultation Project going forward to ensure gathering of data throughout the year for evaluation purposes by OSHA and BEST.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    There were major personnel changes at all levels of BEST's Organization over the past year, including Co-Chairman Positions, Best's Administrator and Best's safety consultant. To that end, AD Cline and CAS Jeffrey will be meeting with BEST leadership and their new safety consultant to ensure commitment, discuss annual goals and their tracking, and general methods to ensure there is mutual value in a continued cooperative relationship. The Charleston Area Office has a very positive working relationship with BEST and the new safety consultant, and expects to have a very positive meeting with the goal being to ensure OSHA and BEST provide useful safety and health services to their members through our cooperative relationship.

    Report Prepared by: Richard Jeffrey, Compliance Assistance Specialist; Prentice Cline, Area Director

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