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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
LAKE COUNTY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

July 23, 2008

I.  Alliance Background


Date Signed

July 16, 2004

Renewed

April 12, 2006

Alliance Overview.

The alliance was developed to use collective expertise in order to help advance a culture of accident prevention while sharing information, guidance, best practices, access to training resources and technical knowledge that will help protect employees’ safety and health. In particular, the Alliance focuses on, but not limited to, efforts to reach members of the LCCA through outreach on safety and health issues.

Implementation Team Members.

Gary Dowty, Executive Director of the Lake County Contractors Association
Fred Rodheim, Chair of the Safety Committee, Lake County Contractors Association
Nancy Hauter, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA
John Maronic, Assistant Area Director, OSHA
 

II.  Implementation Team Meetings
 
May 2, 2007 – Safety Committee Meeting LCCA Office, Waukegan, IL.
June 21, 2007 - LCCA/OSHA/Abbott Joint Safety Day, North Chicago, IL.
July 11, 2007 – Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
August 29, 2007 - Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
September 26, 2007 - Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
November 1, 2007 - Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
December 21, 2007 - Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
January 9, 2008 - Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
February 28, 2008 - Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
April 2, 2008 - Safety Committee Meeting – LCCA Office Waukegan, IL.
April 16, 2008 – Alliance renewal signing, LCCA – Waukegan, IL.

III.  Activities and Projects

Evaluation Period

This report covers the time period of April 12, 2007 to April 12, 2008.

Alliance Activity.
  • Training and Education
    • Joint Safety Day, June 21, 2007
    • NIOSH preventing MSD in Construction.
    • OSHA 10 hour courses
    • Confined Space Training
    • Excavation Competent Person
  • Outreach and Communication
    • OSHA articles were printed in the newsletter on hexavalent chrome and the new personal protective equipment standard.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • Email distribution of safety recalls. Recalls were sent regarding ladders, safety shoes, skyjack lifts, planks, carabiners and winches.
Alliance Products
  • Training and Education
    • Lake County Contractor Safety and Health Program.
    • Joint Safety the topic was Electrical Hazards.
    • Tool Box Talks are in development.
    • Foreman Safety Manual in Development
  • Outreach and Communication
    • Joint Safety Day.
    • An OSHA Update was provided at every safety committee meeting.
    • Safety Awards Program
    • Participate in the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council’s annual Safety Expo as an exhibitor.

  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • LCCA members know OSHA is available to them to answer questions. Members frequently call the Area Office requesting information and technical assistance.

IV. Results

One measure of the effectiveness of our program is the results of our Safety Awards program. In 2006, 46 member companies received an award and 23 of these had zero loss work days. This was up from 21 in 2005. In addition, the number of members who had LWD ratios better than the national average for their type of construction industry has also increased by 1 over 2005.

The Abbott Laboratories-LCCA-OSHA Safety Day is providing an opportunity to expand our safety message by attracting non-member contractors to the free training program that is subsidized by Abbott and LCCA.

We also rewrote the LCCA Safety Manual and developed a separate Employee Safety Manual. Manuals are personalized for each member to focus on their individual activities and hazard exposure.
 
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Joint Safety Day – Confined Spaces 92
Hexavalent Chrome Article 250
Personal Protective Equipment Article 250
Recalls emailed 2,000
First Aid/CPR Training 22
Excavation Competent person 33
OSHA 10-Hour 131
Safety Newsletters 2,000
   
TOTAL 4,778

V. Upcoming Milestones.

The organization is planning on continuing the Alliance. Both implementation team members and general members of the organization find the alliance a useful tool in protecting the safety and health of contractors in Lake County Illinois.
Going forward there are several items on the agenda including:
  • Begin a discussion on crane safety and what we might do to assist members.
  • Complete the Foreman Safety Manual.
  • Offer Spanish Translation of LCCA produced Employee Safety Manuals.

     
Report Prepared by: Gary Dowty, Fred Rodheim, John Maronic and Nancy Hauter.