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March 16, 2015

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    January 16, 2013

    Alliance Overview

    The alliance was developed to provide Builders Association (BA) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in construction, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers the time period of January 16, 2014 to January 16, 2015.

    Implementation Team Members

    Daniel McLaughlin
    Executive Director, Builders Association
    Dan Ruane
    Chair, Safety & Health Committee, Builders Association
    Stacey Kelly
    Programs Manager, Builders Association
    Larry Joswiak
    Team Leader, OSHA
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Besides the Safety Forums, additional meetings and planning for projects are conducted via email and conference call.

    Feb. 10, Feb. 20, April 15, May 8, June 26, Aug. 14 and Nov. 13, 2014. Safety Stand Downs were held June 4-5, 2014 across Chicagoland.

  3. Activities and Products


    Three Safety Forums were attended by OSHA personnel covering a variety of topics including workplace violence and liability issues for safety professionals; current enforcement and compliance issues on area jobs; best practices, including prequalification for subs, employee hiring processes, physicals, training and orientation; project auditing; STP; and claims management.

    Safety Stand Down: On June 4th and 5th, 2014, several construction sites throughout the Chicagoland area joined in our Stand Down by voluntarily ceasing work for 30-60 minutes to provide focused training on how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented by planning ahead and using the right safety equipment. Workers voluntarily stopped work at construction sites to participate in the focused training. The training material was reviewed to ensure accuracy and consistency at all sites. Approximately 100 construction worksites throughout the Chicago area participated in the June Safety Stand Down. Over 2500 workers attended the training/toolbox talks. OSHA construction team leaders and compliance officers attended Stand Downs at six sites. OSHA representatives answered questions, distributed fall campaign materials and assisted in raising awareness of falls - the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Safety Forum - February 10 30
    Safety Awards/Summit - May 8 115
    Safety Forum - August 14 25
    Safety Forum - November 13 30
    Safety Stand Down - June 4-5 Over 2500
    TOTAL 2700+


    Tool box talks on falls utilized for the Safety Stand Down were provided to participating members of the association. In addition information on OSHA's heat awareness campaign were also distributed.

  4. Results

    We have been very successful in establishing a strong relationship with the Builders Association and maintaining open communication with their members. The Safety Forums are well-received and provide an opportunity for question/answer session(s) with the stakeholders and open dialogue about current issues and trends affecting their industry. They also provide an avenue to highlight fatality/injury trends in the industry within Region V as well as inform employers and employees of current OSHA enforcement initiatives/regulations. The Builders Association Spring Summit also features Safety Awards and a safety-related presentation, and is attended by higher up C-suite executives of BA members. It is vital that safety emanates in a "top down" approach from construction company owners to the field workers.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Going forward there are several items on the agenda including:

    • The 2015 Builders Association Stand Down is scheduled for the first week in June and will feature the importance of Safety Planning prior to stepping foot on a jobsite. The initial Planning Meeting was held on February 26, 2015.
    • 2015 Safety Forum dates: 2/12; 8/13; and 11/12.
    • 2015 Spring Summit and Safety Awards will be held on May 13, 2015.

Report Prepared by: Larry Joswiak and Stacey Kelly

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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