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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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Mobile, Al 36609
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Birmingham Area Office, 950 22nd Street North, Suite 1050
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Annual Status Report - Alabama Trucking Association Workers Compensation Fund (ATAWCF)

February 18, 2014


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    February 20, 2009,

    Date Renewed

    January 27, 2012 and January 27, 2014.

    Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Alabama Trucking Association Workers Compensation (ATAWCF) Alliance is focused on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards on the highway, at pick-up and delivery points, as well as maintenance shops for ATAWCF workers and others.

  2. Implementation Team Membership

    Representatives from OSHA and the ATAWCF met and coordinated on the following dates, during outreach events: January 10, 2013; January 22, 2013; and January 29, 2013

    Evaluation Period

    January 31, 2013 through January 31, 2014

  3. Events and Products

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    Events

    • None

    Product

    • None

    Training and Education

    Events

    • The Alabama Trucking Association Workers' Compensation Fund represents 376 Transportation & Trucking companies in Alabama. Currently they employ four full-time safety engineers to conduct unannounced safety inspections, safety seminars, and onsite safety meetings for member companies. During this period, the ATAWCF loss control engineers have conducted 700 visits and inspections and issued written reports. During this period, the ATAWCF has conducted 132 onsite safety meetings and 26 online safety meetings for their members. These safety meetings focus on the following topics: accident prevention; prevention of heat-related illnesses; bloodborne pathogens; proper lifting techniques; distracted driving as well as slips, trips and falls.
    • The ATAWCF conducts safety seminars every two years and these events are attended by representatives from over 250 trucking companies. During this period, the Alliance group conducted the following seminars, which were focused on accident prevention and compliance assistance:
      • Mobile, AL. January 10, 2013
      • Montgomery, AL, January 22, 2013
      • Birmingham, AL, January 29, 2013

    Product

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • During this period, on three (3) separate occasions, the Workers Compensation Fund sent out to all its members a “Flash Bulletin”. This bulletin's covered the hazards of heat stress, distractive driving and workplace Violence. These Flash Bulletins were received by 376 individual trucking companies and 552 email recipients.
    • During this period, the ATAWCF disseminated OSHA's Fact Sheet regarding single piece rim safety. “Flash Bulletin” to 376 companies and 552 email recipients.
    • During this period, the Alliance group sent out monthly newsletters via e-mail and hard copy newsletters. These newsletters are focused on various topics including the following:
      • Hazard Communication
      • Bloodborne Pathogens
      • Slips, trips and falls
      • Shop safety
      • Powered industrial trucks
      • OSHA Recordkeeping
    • During this period ATAWCF created and distributed eight (8) new safety posters to their members focused on the following topics:
      • Slip & fall prevention
      • Distracted driving
      • Safe lifting
      • Heat stress
      • Workplace violence
      • Single piece rim safety (OSHA Poster)
    • During this period, the ATAWCF continued to implement a joint effort with the Washington Department of Labor and the University of Michigan to produce training programs. The specific focus is the reduction of accidents and injuries involving fall from heights, during the installation of tarps on flatbed trailers. This effort will continue through 2015.
    • During this period, the Alliance group conducted a review of the ATAWCF's certified safety program, which will continue through 2015.

    Product

    • None
  4. Results
    • Refer to the items listed above
  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2014 - 2015
    • Renew the Alliance
    • Continue effective outreach to workers in the industry
    • Develop safety information for maintenance and administrative areas

Report Prepared by: James S. Cooley, CAS, Birmingham Area Office

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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