Back to Concluded Alliances - Region V
January 21, 2005
The Alliance provides parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary
cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and education; outreach and
communication; and promoting a dialogue on workplace safety and health awareness
Implementation Team Members:
Wisconsin OSHA Area Directors
Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association, OES (Operations, Environmental,
Wisconsin Consultation Program (WisCon)
Implementation Team Meetings
- Team Meetings were held at the WRMCA Office in Madison, WI on the
- April 14, 2008
- July 25, 2007
- October 24, 2008
- December 19, 2008
- March 20, 2009
Activities and Products
The evaluation period is from January 11, 2008 to May 13, 2009.
- Training and Education;
- Arrangements were finalized for the presentations at the Annual
Environment and Safety Workshop held in the Wisconsin Dells on January
22-23rd, 2009. Safety topics included: OSHA recordkeeping (training
conducted by WisCon), Behaviors Leading to Slips, Trips, and Falls, Spill
Response, Trenching and Excavating (conducted by OSHA), Ergonomics
(conducted by OSHA), Emergency Planning and Fleet Safety.
- Discussed OSHA’s website developed under the Alliance with the National
Ready Mix Concrete Association.
- Outreach and Communication;
- At the March 20, 2009 meeting, the Committee was made aware of Changes
with EPA permits.
- Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
- OSHA and the OES Committee met five times in a twelve month period which
exceeds the requirements of having biannual meetings as set forth in the
alliance. During each meeting any safety or health issues that has come up
since the last meeting are discussed
- A new Alliance was developed. The Alliance identified slips, trips, and
falls; fleet safety; and construction work zone safety as areas of emphasis.
- The WRMCA established a rental program for dust monitoring equipment. The
equipment includes the pump, battery, battery charger, cyclone assembly, and
sample cassettes. The air monitoring kit also includes instructions on proper
use and directions for analysis.
- Impact of the Alliance activities and products during the reporting period.
Over the past three years, the average of lost time & restricted duty claims per
Member Company has decreased 48% recordable injuries have been reduced by 37%
and the average experience modification rate has been reduced by 11%.
The WRMCA conducts an annual safety and health awards ceremony. Awards are given
for safety performance in four categories, based upon size (cubic yards of
concrete produced). Top award winners are given plaques and companies who
achieve a DART rate better than the industry average are given certificates.
This year they received a record number of entries – 73 individual plant
locations. The total number of plaques and certificates was 44. Sixty percent of
the establishments had injury and illness rates that were lower than the
The articles written for the newsletter and bi-annual safety bulletin have wide
reaching effects in that they are electronically transmitted to all members.
By OSHA attending the quarterly meetings and the Environment Safety Workshop
members of the associations are able to develop a dialog with OSHA.
While the injury performance numbers of members are decreasing, slips, trips,
and falls have increased and are now the number one category for injuries.
The WRMCA has been very pleased with the progress achieved under the Alliance.
The Association overwhelmingly requested that the Alliance be renewed.
- Upcoming Milestones
WRMCA has begun publishing a Bi-Annual Newsletter. OSHA will continue to
Report Prepared by: Kelly A. Bubolz
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