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Report Prepared by: William Coulehan, James Martineck, Martin Turek
Date Signed: May, 7, 2008 Renewed N/A
Expiration Date May, 7, 2010
Primary goals of the alliance are to strengthen the relationship with the
Operating Engineers - Local 150 and to participate in training session and work
on special training projects that are mutually beneficial to all participants.
The alliance includes participation by all the OSHA offices in Illinois.
Implementation Team Members.
Mr. Martin Turek – Assistant Coordinator – Safety Administrator – Apprenticeship
and Skill Improvement Program
Mr. James Martineck – OSHA – Calumet City Area Office
Mr. William Coulehan - OSHA -– Calumet City Area Office
Implementation Team Meetings
Implementation team meeting are conducted by conference calls and e-mails
regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last meeting was in December
Activities and Products
These report summaries activities through the alliance and include two
activities prior to the official signing on May 7, 2008, and other Alliance
activities through June 2009.
The foundation of the alliance is OSHA’s participation in training sessions and
the OSHA 10 hour program established by Local 150. Additional projects have
included the organization and sponsorship by Local 150 of a “Tower Crane” course
designed for OSHA compliance personnel and the development of a “Quick Coupler”
hazard awareness webcast and permitted the use of their facility and photographs
of their equipment for presentation. Local 150 also gave OSHA a tour of their
new training facility and on overview of the training equipment at the site.
Participation in the OSHA 10 hour courses were as follows:
||Rock Island, IL
Each session included a Q/A session between Local 150 attendees and OSHA
It is important to mention two additional activities that were initiated as a
part of the alliance. Several serious accidents involving Tower Cranes
highlighted the importance of increasing the understanding of this type of
equipment by OSHA compliance personnel. In April of 2008 Local 150 developed and
sponsored a one- day training session on the basics of Tower Crane equipment,
inspection procedures, and climbing (jumping) methods for OSHA personnel
nationwide. The session was attended by 31 OSHA staff members including
attendees from various Regions within OSHA. This training was also attended by a
representative of ENR who wrote and published an article on April 23, 2008 which
gave praise to the training session.
In addition, several accidents involving the failure or improper use of “quick
coupler” attachments resulted in the development of an OSHA webinar on the
hazards associated with this type of equipment and the proper inspection methods
for casefile development. Local 150 opened their training facility to
photographs and video examples of quick coupler attachments and proper testing
methods for the presentation.
In addition to the above mentioned programs, OSHA and Local 150 continue to
maintain an open line of communication. Local 150 representatives contact OSHA
with various questions on working conditions and the OSHA standards. Local 150
has provided assistance in gathering information on specific crane and/or heavy
equipment information to assist casefile development.
The value of this type of cooperative action, especially with the limited
availability of these tower cranes, quick coupler and other equipment recourses
within OSHA, can not be overstated.
Primary training products developed through the alliance include the Power Point
and webinar material used in the Quick Coupler training and the material
provided during the Tower Crane training.
Local 150 also made a presentation at the 2008 ASSE Conference on Heavy
Equipment, Cranes, and PIVs. This conference was organized jointly by OSHA and
This alliance has been very successful in continuing the strong relationship
between OSHA and Local 150. This alliance should be considered a major success,
and the cooperation of Local 150 should be commended.
In addition to continuing the OSHA presentations at Local 150’s 10-Hour courses,
it is hoped the alliance can be expanded to include OSHA presentations and Q/A
sessions at the annual HAZWOPER training Local 150 provides for its membership.
As these courses are offered at several locations in Illinois and Indiana, this
will probably involve a multi-year schedule. As identified, it is hoped that
OSHA and Local 150 will continue to identify and work on mutually beneficial
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at
202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.