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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: December 4, 2008

    Date Renewed: Closed October 4, 2010

    Alliance Overview.

    Deliver or arrange for the delivery of proper rigging practice courses.
    Work with 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 OfficeDave 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 Div.), David Shea (M.J. Electric), Neil Gunter (URS Washington Div.), 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

    12-5 2008 Signing

    4 quarterly meeting in 2009 and 3 in 2010 with sub groups also working to develop materials

  3. Activities and Products

    This evaluation Period covered from December 2008 to March 2010

    Evaluation Period

    March 2010 to October 2010

    Alliance Activity
    • Training and Education

      2ASSE 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 by OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists included rigging 10,000 training handouts produced and distributed to Milwaukee Building Trades (members and apprenticeship)

    • Outreach and Communication

      Email 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)

      Incorporation of rigging issues into training by all team members.

      Developed a wallet card as an aid for rigging lifted loads in construction. 10,000 produced and distributed to Milwaukee Building Trades (members and apprenticeship)

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

    A.2. Developed a small quick reference document for use by craftpersons and others regarding safe rigging practices.

    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

    Distribution of thousands of quick cards to the building trades developed to provide a wallet size reference for rigging in the field

    Report Prepared by:Patrick Ostrenga CAS Milwaukee Area Office