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Construction Safety Council of Northeast Ohio
August 1, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    June 1, 2007

    Alliance Overview

    OSHA and the CSCNEO formed an alliance to provide the members of the CEA and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them to protect employee's health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in the construction industry, which includes falls, electrical hazards, struck bys, and caught betweens.

    Implementation Team Members

    Rob Medlock
    Area Director - OSHA Cleveland Area Office
    Wayne Creasap
    CEA - Cleveland, Ohio
    Julie Weis
    CAS - OSHA Cleveland Area Office
    Steve Kinn
    CEA - Cleveland, Ohio
    Walter Visage
    AAD - OSHA Cleveland Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The implementation Team met several times to discuss the possibilities of an alliance. Discussions were also held many times via phone conference regarding the planned activities. All face to face meetings were held at the CEA office in Valley View, Ohio and the in OSHA Area Office, Cleveland, Ohio.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers activities from June 26, 2007 to June 26, 2008.

    Alliance Activity

    • Training and Education
      • Numerous outreach sessions were conducted locally for companies in the construction industry. Sessions included OSHA policies and procedures, multiple OSHA 10 and 30 Hour training, confined space, personal protective equipment and hexavalent chromium standards. Futuristically, both organizations have planned a statewide tower crane training event for both compliance officers and contractors planned for late 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.
    • Outreach and Communication
      • Since the beginning of the alliance the Cleveland Area Offices, Compliance Assistance Specialists (CAS) have provided numerous brochures and other information to the CEA on a host of varying topics. The CEA has invited Compliance Officer's (CSHO) and CAS's to monthly association meetings to discuss topics of interest to the membership to include trenching operation, residential construction, hexavelent chromium and inspection/contest procedures. The CEA has placed two OSHA links on their website, thereby encouraging visitors to become involved in learning more about how to improve safety and health in the workplace, furthering company safety programs and reducing employee workplace exposures.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • The CEA has been instrumental in promoting health and safety on a national level through discussions with local and national stakeholders on the concerns with telecommunication towers and tower cranes.

    Alliance Products

    • Training and Education
      • There was only one joint safety and health product developed under this alliance by OSHA and the CEA and that was a flyer announcing an upcoming trench and excavation protection meeting. For the most part, the various products created were singularly developed by OSHA and by the CEA. From OSHA, the quarterly fatality poster was provided along with teen worker safety information, personal protective equipment, confined space, VPP information and a host of PowerPoint presentations. From the CEA, construction safety CD's were provided along with a host of other training materials which are normally provided during the various class sessions offered by the association.

      Jim Brown
      CEA: teaches 30 Hour Course and other CEA training
      Eric Peterson
      CAS: developed trench training and assisted with 30 hour course
      Jocko Vermillion
      CSHO: assisted with the trench training and 30 Hour course
      Alice Miller
      OUPS: assisted with training from perspective of the State of Ohio
    • Outreach and Communication
      • Jointly, OSHA and the CEA developed the trenching and excavation training flyer, which announced a special monthly meeting to discuss safety in waterproofing and excavation work, based on a high number of trench collapses. In the area of tower cranes, a link from the CEA website has been developed to educate the public on the hazards associated with tower cranes. This was created after holding meetings to discuss crane safety for workers in Ohio.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • The CEA promotes dialogue through their website, where they discuss a host of safety related issues and other governmental regulatory concerns. There website is www.ceacisp.org.

    The list below contains contributors to the success of the alliance, but are not apart of the implementation team:

    Dan Fousek   MAPIC - Cleveland, Ohio

    Eric Peterson   OSHA - Cleveland Area Office

    Jocko Vermillion   OSHA - Cleveland Area Office

    Carolyn Donovan   OSHA - Cleveland Area Office

    Jim Brown   CEA - Cleveland, Ohio

    Alice Miller   Ohio Utilities Protection Service

    Will Ross   Attorney - Cleveland Ohio

    Paula Burleson   OSHA OnSite - State of Ohio

    Tina Milczewski   Perk Company, Inc.

    Kent Crytzer   The Ruhlin Company

    Al Jarr   The Albert M. Higley Company

    Tamara Martinko   The Soehnlen Piping Company

    Bill Hocevar   The Great Lakes Construction Company

    Ed Lawson   Ohio BWC

    David Loughner   Ohio BWC

    Randy Spencer   Dunlop Johnson, Inc.

    David Netzband   D.A.S. Construction Company

  4. Results

    This report outlines the successful activities that have been accomplished during the first year of this alliance. The organizers of this alliance have been able to reach over 132 companies with over 2640 employees. The impact of this alliance has resulted in the CEA and OSHA moving toward forming a future partnership for the Northeast Ohio area. This new dynamic will enhance the already successful relationship brought out by this alliance. It will also increase the number of construction workers educated in the principles of safety and health, thereby creating a safer and healthier working atmosphere.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Portland Cement Insp. Procedures 85
    Kick Start Safety Program 8
    Emergency Management 8
    Personal Protective Equipment 73
    Substance Abuse Experiences 129
    Trenching Seminar (1 day) 180
    STS Certification 149
    Workplace violence 110
    Employee Assistance Programs 112
    Hexa-Chromium Standard 40
    Confined Space 104
    Excavation/Competent Person 7
    Crisis Management 117
    Confined Space Entry/Rescue 22
    How to Handle an OSHA Insp. 108
    OUPS Safety Day (UDPrevent) 20
    Fleet Safety 82
    MIRA II 112
    TOTAL 1412

    The great relationship with OSHA previously, assisted in development this alliance. As well, that same relationship has moved both organizations toward the formulation of a new partnership for calendar years 2009-2011.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • Tower Crane Course scheduled for winter 2008 or spring 2009
    • OSHA 500 Course scheduled for Fall 2008
    • ASP Preparation Course for Fall 2008
    • Intention to continue the Alliance in 2009

Report Prepared by: Eric Peterson, CAS, Cleveland Area Ohio, Office 216-615-4266

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