Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Region V

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    September 23, 2005

    Alliance Overview.

    To educate, share best practices, address near misses, and share accident information with all construction trades on the Ohio-Health Dublin Hospital Project.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Chris Matthewson (Compliance Assistance Specialist)-OSHA
    Todd Smith (Safety Director)-Elford Construction Co.
    Pat McMillian (Safety Director)-Gilbane Construction Co.
    Joe Motil (Site Safety Officer)-Elford-Gilbane Dublin Hospital

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    All meetings were held on site and at each meeting employees' input and safety and health suggestions were discussed.

    February 22, 2006:
    May 3, 2006:
    August 30, 2006:
    November 29, 2006:
    Quarterly Alliance Meeting
    Quarterly Alliance Meeting
    Quarterly Alliance Meeting
    Quarterly Alliance Meeting

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers September 23, 2005 to September 23, 2006.
    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education

      Compliance Assistance Specialist met with the safety coordinators prior to all quarterly safety meetings to decide the topic. Near misses, accidents, and safety suggestions were all reviewed to ensure the topic was relevant for this project. The quarterly safety meetings were co-taught by the CAS and the Safety Coordinator.

      All suggestions from the workers on site were reviewed and were added to the monthly safety meetings. For example, workers suggested that during the next safety meeting there should be a discussion about ladders and scaffold safety.

      During this alliance, photographs were taken showing best practices implemented by the contractors. These photos will be added to a Power Point presentation describing the safety and health successes of this alliance. The Power Point presentation will be shared with the contractors to help them improve safety on this job site and others. The photograph section of this presentation has been presented to the contractors who worked on this project.

    • Outreach and Communication

      Elford-Gilbane Construction Co. is the general contractor for this project.

      Banners and bulletin boards that illustrate the importance of safety and health are displayed throughout this jobsite.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      During the course of the alliance, Elford-Gilbane promoted the alliance, as well as safety and health issues during internal safety meetings and also at public conferences held with other organizations.
    Alliance Products.

    • Training and Education

      CAS provided training at Dublin Hospital jobsite office trailers during the quarterly alliance meetings. On an average ten sub-contractors attended these quarterly meetings. These sessions focused on written safety and health programs, JSAs, and recent fatalities/accidents. Best practice photos were discussed with all the sub-contractors at these training sessions.

    • Outreach and Communication

      CAS developed and presented an OSHA update at every quarterly meeting to educate the contractors on site. These updates were designed to be used as a quick and easy reference. Extra copies were left with the site safety officer to distribute on the job site.

      Ten near misses were investigated by site safety officer, sub-contractor, and site foreman to ensure the root causes were found and corrected.

      One of the positive result of this alliance is the creation of the Silver Dollar Award. If the site safety officer sees employees going above and beyond dealing with safety, they are rewarded with a silver dollar. Anyone who has received a silver dollar that month is entered into a monthly raffle for a gift certificate.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      Same as above
  4. Results

    This report outlines the successes that have been achieved during the entire project. Total hours worked to date are 458,059. During this evaluation period there were only four recordable injuries with no loss time injuries.

    This project has an excellent total injury rate of 1.75, whereas the national average is 5.4. The DART rate of .44 is well below the national average of 2.6. These rates are directly related to the alliance, indicating that safety has been kept a top priority.
    OSHA has opened the safety and health communication lines between Elford- Gilbane Construction Co. and other contractors on site. The construction trades believe this is one of the safest jobs they have worked. There have been positive responses from the various trades on this project, regarding how quickly safety and health issues are addressed and corrected. The trades assisted the company's safety coordinator in collecting photographs of the jobs depicting their best practices. The photographs are in the Power Point presentation, which is attached.

    The alliance has covered all training issues that were suggested by the contractors and workers, keeping safety in the forefront of all discussions.

    The CAS worked very closely with Elford-Gilbane Construction Co. and the contractors. The contractors were appreciative that the CAS attended the quarterly safety meetings where he offered his assistance in resolving safety and health issues.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained
    Actual Affected
    February Fork lift 10 100
    February OSHA update 20 200
    April Fire Protection 30 350
    May OSHA update JSA 25 250
    June Power actuated tools 10 100
    August Scaffold 5 100
    August OSHA update Falls 12 125
    September JSA 30 300
    TOTAL 82 1,425

    Elford-Gilbane Construction Co. and OSHA believe the alliance has been very beneficial in providing a safe work place for the construction contractors and the sub-contractors. Elford-Gilbane Construction Co. has commented that they are looking forward to another alliance with the Columbus Area OSHA Office.

    During this time period 859 employees have received new hire orientation training.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The alliance Power Point will be distributed to all contractors at the end of the project.

    Report Prepared by: Chris Matthewson, Compliance Assistance Specialist

    For additional information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to