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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    This alliance was initially signed on July 18, 2006 and re-signed August 21, 2008 (with an ending date of August 24, 2010). This Alliance is now terminated as of 4/15/2011.

    Alliance Overview.

    OSHA and BCTC formed an Alliance to provide Building and Construction Trade Council members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing hazards, such as but not limited to falls and electrical, in the construction industry

    Implementation Team Members.

    Scott Vaughn, Executive Director of the Building and Construction Trades of South Central Wisconsin, retired from the organization in the winter of 2010. The decision to terminate the alliance was delayed until discussions could be held with the new executive director. The new executive director, J. Eric Cobb, was selected in January 2011 and is currently working with the Madison OSHA office on a re-consideration of the alliance.

    Kimberly Stille, Area Director, Madison OSHA Office

    Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison OSHA Office

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    For most of the reporting period, the executive director of the South Central Wisconsin Building and Construction Trades Council was not available for planning and implementation meetings. The Madison compliance assistance specialist (CAS) was able to meet with the business representatives from all 18 trades to discuss issues and projects as they arose. A general meeting about OSHA topics of interest to the trades was held on May 19, 2010 and the Madison Area Director and CAS met with the new executive director to discuss an alliance extension on March 21, 2011.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    April 29, 2010 through April 15, 2011.

    Alliance Activity.

    As a result of this alliance, the Madison OSHA office has developed a working relationship with three organizations that are supported by the Building and Construction Trades Council. These are the YWCA Connect U (formerly TRANS and TPST), START (Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training) and the Construction Workforce Diversity Alliance. All three aim to get young people and non-traditional students into apprenticeships in the building and construction trades. In the reporting period, the OSHA CAS gave one three-hour presentation to a YWCA class (January 25, 2011) and three three-hour classes to START participants (May 24, 2010, November 22, 2010 and February 28, 2011). Each session consisted of information about workers’ rights and construction focus four hazards. She also attended the annual general meeting of the CWDA on February 18, 2011.

    The Madison College electrical apprenticeship program also requested that the CAS give a presentation on workers’ rights and how inspections are conducted to their apprenticeship classes on April 22, 2010 and October 27, 2010.

    The Madison OSHA Construction Breakfast series continued this year with five two-hour workshops. A member of the building and construction trades is on the steering committee that decides what the topics should be.
    April 20, 2010 – Health Hazards in Construction
    September 16, 2010 – The Revised Crane and Derrick Standard in Construction
    November 18, 2010 – Noise in Construction
    January 20, 2011 – Identifying and Correcting Hazards in Construction
    March 17, 2011 – Day-to-Day Supervision in Construction
    May 24, 2011 – Health Hazards in Construction

    A partnership was signed between four parties for the construction of a Target Store in Madison. The signatories were the Madison OSHA office, the Building and Construction Trades Council, the Wisconsin Onsite Consultation program and Ryan Construction Company. LLC. Meetings to discuss the partnership took place on May 14, 2010 and June 23, 2010. The partnership was signed on July 13, 2010. Monthly onsite meetings where representatives of all four signatories were present took place on August 12, 2010, September 14, 2010, October 14, 2010, November 9, 2010, December 9, 2010 and January 13, 2011.

    The Operating Engineers, Local 139, requested assistance with their OSHA 30 hour courses. The Madison CAS did the Introduction to OSHA section of the course on November 12, 2010 and January 10, 2011.

    The Plumbers, Local 434, requested that the Madison CAS conduct the Introduction to OSHA section of the course on February 8, 2011 for participants of a 20 week welding course.

    The Carpenters, Local 314, requested assistance with the health hazard section of an OSHA 30 hour course on March 9, 2011.

    The Madison OSHA office made arrangements for the recently hired Chicago OSHA Labor Liaison to come to the Labor Temple in Madison. This was an opportunity for her to meet the business representatives and have a listening session of their concerns. This occurred on July 14, 2010.

    At the request of the President of IBEW, Local 2304, information about near miss programs was sent the organization.

    At the request of the Southern Wisconsin Building Trades, which includes members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin, an article about OSHA was developed for a new web site they created.

    On two occasions, the Madison CAS presented training on union workers’ rights at the Madison Labor Temple. These sessions occurred on September 7, 2010 and January 4, 2011.

    On November 24, 2010, information, including the Wisconsin Construction newsletter, recent BLS injury and illness data for construction and the annual Region 5 fatality report for FY 2010, was sent to an email distribution list of Building and Construction Trades of South Central Wisconsin recipients.

    Alliance Products.
    • No products have been produced as a result of this alliance..
  4. Results

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Pre-apprenticeship programs


    Construction breakfasts


    OSHA 10/30 hours


    Union workers’ rights sessions


    Ryan Hilldale Partnership


    Miscellaneous outreach




    Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison OSHA Office

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