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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: December 4, 2008

    Date Renewed: NA 2 year term

    Alliance Overview.

    Deliver or arrange for the delivery of proper rigging practice courses.
    Work with the industry and OSHA to provide expertise, and to develop workplace safety and health quick cards for proper rigging practices and techniques.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Patrick Ostrenga, CAS, Milwaukee Area OSHA Office; Dave Leix, Liberty Mutual; Joe Saccaro, ATC; Chris Zortman, OSHA; James Jones, ASSE; Eric Hatfield, Bechtel; Dick Dowdell, We Power; Michael Gerrits, Day & Zimmermann; Kenneth Way, URS Washington Division; David Shea, M.J. Electric; Neil Gunter, URS Washington Division; Chad Mydloski, Platt Construction; Sal Proite, Superior Lifting Specialists; Serge Snyder, DZNPS; Lyle Balistreri, Milwaukee Building Trades; and chaired by Stan Crawford, WEC.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Alliance signed December 5, 2008.

    Four quarterly meetings were held in 2009 with subgroups who were also working to develop materials.

  3. Activities and Products

    This evaluation Period covered from December 2008 to March 2010

    Alliance Activity
    • Training and Education

      Two ASSE safety updates with rigging as a topic

      Weekly site orientations covered rigging as an area of enhanced concern.

      Numerous Building Trades Union apprenticeship training presentations were conducted by OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists, included rigging.

    • Outreach and Communication

      There were e-mail communications between implementation team members regarding rigging issues (i.e. recalls on hardware, unfortunate events, training materials, and a forum for getting information to/.from peers).

      Rigging issues were incorporated into training by all team members.
    • A wallet card was developed as an aid when rigging lifted loads in construction.
    Alliance Products.
    • Training and Education

      Developed a wallet quick card for rigging with the power plant owners, labor, management, the American Society of Safety Engineers and OSHA
    • Outreach and Communication
  4. Results

    A.1. An awareness of rigging hazards was developed, noting that large loads were generally well planned, and that smaller, everyday rigging, not engineered as well, was left to the craftspeople to rig, with varying results. Therefore, a goal was set to develop a tool to address this area of concern.

    A.2. A small quick reference document for use by craft-persons and others regarding safe rigging practices was developed..

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained
    Rigging information via email 3000 +
    Rigging Quick card 10000 copies *
    Incorporation into work site orientations and training Unknown
    TOTAL 13000+

    * being distributed in April 2010

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Thousands of wallet-size quick cards developed to provide a reference for rigging in the field will be distributed to the building trades.

    Report prepared by Patrick Ostrenga, CAS, Milwaukee Area Office.