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The Wisconsin Area Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Milwaukee Building Trades, and the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractors recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, the Milwaukee Building Trades, and the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractors hereby form an Alliance to provide the Milwaukee Building Trades and the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractor members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to rigging hazards.

OSHA, the Milwaukee Building Trades, and the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractors will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • 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.

OSHA, the Milwaukee Building Trades, along with the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractors, will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with industry and OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards regarding rigging practices, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Milwaukee Building Trades' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety & health professionals regarding proper rigging & best work practices, and will publicize these results through OSHA outreach programs and through any other applicable forum.
  • Promote and encourage Alliance members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) on proper rigging practices.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • Encourage others to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including proper rigging practices.

OSHA and the Milwaukee Building Trades and the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractors will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever the Milwaukee Building Trades and the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractors' leaders address groups.
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize these results.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on proper rigging practices to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace, or to provide input on safety and health issues.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An Implementation Team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members will include representatives from the Wisconsin OSHA Area Offices, the Milwaukee Building Trades, and the Wisconsin Power Plant Contractors. In addition, the Team will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of this Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided 30 days written notice given to all parties. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.





George Youlkas
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Milwaukee WI




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Mark Hysal
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Eau Claire WI




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Melvin Lischefski
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Appleton WI




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Kimberly Stille
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Madison WI




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Lyle A. Balistreri
President
Milwaukee Building and
Construction Trades Council
AFL-CIO




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Kenneth Way
URS Washington Division
Director of Safety and Health for
Power Business Unit




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James Jones
The Wisconsin Chapter of
the American Society of
Safety Engineers




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Mike Gerrits
Director of Operations
Day and Zimmerman




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Eric Hatfield
Project ES&H Manager
Bechtel Construction Company




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