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Report Prepared by: Chad Positano – CAS, Toledo Area Office
Date Signed: June 13, 2008
Date Renewed: N/A
Expiration Date: June 13, 2010
OSHA and the Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council (GTDPC) formed
an Alliance to provide GTDPC members and others in the excavation industry with
information, guidance, and access to training resources that would help protect
employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing deaths and
serious injuries from cave-in, electrocution, fire, road work-zones, and other
hazards related to excavation work. The Alliance had a special focus on
reviewing current standards for excavations near underground utilities, and how
these standards align with current Common Ground Alliance Best Practices.
Implementation Team Members
Charles Shelton – CAS – OSHA Toledo Area Office
Rick Bishop – Chair – The Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council
Jennifer Reams – Vice – The Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council
Implementation Team Meetings
July 9, 2009 Team meeting at GTDPC
September 10, 2009 Team meeting at GTDPC
Activities and Products
This report covers the time period of June 15, 2009 through June 13, 2010.
- Training and Education
Several training sessions were conducted as a result of this Alliance:
On July 9, 2009, Charles Shelton presented an OSHA Update presentation to
On March 31, 2010, CSHO Darin Von Lehmden conducted a presentation to an ODOT
construction safety class in Findlay, Ohio.
On April 22, 2010, CSHO Von Lehmden conducted a presentation to members of Local
18, Operating Engineers, in Cygnet, Ohio.
Excavation and trenching information was shared during the majority of the
presentations and speeches given by the Toledo Area OSHA Office representatives,
in accordance with the NEP for trenching and excavation, and in the spirit of
the GTDPC/OSHA Alliance. OSHA publications and literature were also available
and handed out at the events where OSHA informational booths were set up.
- Outreach and Communication
In addition to the training sessions mentioned above, publications and sample
trench and excavation checklists were available to members of the Alliance and
others involved in trenching and excavation work in Northwest Ohio.
- Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
Three stakeholder meetings were attended by OSHA during this reporting period
(July 9, 2009, August 13, 2009 and September 10, 2009). An OSHA representative
was present during each of these meetings, available to answer questions and
provide technical assistance to the stakeholders on OSHA-related regulatory
- Outreach and Communication
Compliance assistance materials were handed out, along with providing general
information about OSHA and the programs available for both employees and
The information shared was beneficial throughout the past year. Even though the
GTDPC is a new organization, it has been productive in improving working
conditions for employees. Contractors, vendors, and homeowners alike have
benefited from the information distributed through the Alliance.
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and
Electronic Distribution, etc.)
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|Local 18 Operators Training
We believe the Alliance has been successful and served the parties well in
developing relationships and a better understand of the issues faced by both the
labor force and the government. However, the Alliance was allowed to expire on
June 13, 2010.
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at
202-693-2340 or go to