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Central Illinois Builders
Annual Alliance Report
July 21, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    July 19, 2007

    Alliance Overview

    The alliance will provide CIB/AGC members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction industry hazards related to falls, being crushed, electricity, and amputations.

    Implementation Team Members

    The Implementation Team Members included the Peoria OSHA office's Compliance Assistance Specialists and representatives from Central Illinois Builders Safety Committee.

    Mitch Schinzler
    Chairman - Christy-Foltz, Inc.
    Mike Adams
    Rental Service Corporation
    Lucky Brown
    Anderson Electric, Inc.
    Chris Kuhne
    The Petry-Kuhne Company
    Doug Mahurin
    Cannon Cochran MSI
    Kevin Miner
    BRH Builders & Constructors
    Pete Molt
    Henson Robinson Company
    Ronda Moore
    Bodine Electric of Decatur
    David Murphy
    Johnson Controls, Inc.
    Rob Nelch
    Henry Nelch & Son Co.
    Brian Oberle
    J.P. Cullen & Sons
    Will Olson
    RJS Constructors
    Bruce Semlow
    Felmley-Dickerson Co.
    Mark Thompson
    Vissering Construction Co.
    Jeff Weber
    Ervin Equipment
    Brian Bothast
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    On September 18, 2007 Brian Bothast and Peggy Zweber, Compliance Assistance Specialists, met with several members of the Safety Committee to develop a suitable action plan for the alliance. The group agreed to develop three training sessions and made arrangements for facilities, promotion and presenters.

    On January 23, 2008 and June 25, 2008 Brian Bothast participated in implementation meetings with representatives from the Safety Committee.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    The evaluation period was from July 19, 2007 to July 19, 2008

    Alliance Activity

    Three training session were organized for members and subcontractors of the Central Illinois Builders group. OSHA representatives conducted the training sessions.

    • On December 5, 2007, Karl Armstrong (CSHO) presented a training session on OSHA's national and local emphasis programs. Karl discussed excavation hazards, fall hazards, lead, silica, amputation hazards and hazards associated with powered industrial vehicles.
    • On January 23, 2008, Brian Bothast (CAS) presented a training session on OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, common errors, developing an effective safety and health program and the Voluntary Protection Program.
    • On March 5, 2008, Peggy Zweber (CAS) presented a training session on OSHA's construction related fatalities and the top ten OSHA violations in the construction industry.

    Alliance Products

    OSHA representatives provided participants with a variety of useful resources including: trench cards (describing the sloping requirements on one side and general trenching requirements on the other side), roofing cards (describing residential roofing requirements), cheat sheets for items that are not recordable, a safety and health program scorecard for evaluating their existing safety and health program and general handouts related to OSHA standards.

  4. Results
    1. Impact of the Alliance activities and products

      The Peoria Area OSHA Office was able to reach out to personnel with safety and health responsibility and decision makers at central Illinois construction companies at a time of the year when construction activity is diminished.

      The Central Illinois Builders group provided the publicity and facilities for the outreach sessions. OSHA's participation allowed the Agency to reach effected workers to provide an understanding of the requirements and the methods to control related hazards.

      The presentations focused on ensuring participants gained an understanding of the requirements for issues covered by local and national emphasis programs, improving safety and health programs and controlling hazards that have caused work related fatalities. At the sessions, OSHA representatives also answered questions on a variety of safety and health topics. The implementation team indicated the alliance has helped Illinois construction firms to understand and address hazards.

    2. Activity and the number of individuals reached or trained


    OSHA Training Sessions





    OSHA's national and local emphasis programs



    Recordkeeping, effective safety and health programs and the Voluntary Protection Program



    Construction fatalities


    Total participation was 58.

  5. Upcoming Milestones
  6. At the June 25, 2008, implementation meeting the Safety Committee indicated the alliance was valuable and several additional ideas were advanced to improve hazard identification and control.

Report prepared by: Brian Bothast

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