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Date Signed: 3/14/2008
Date Renewed: N/A
This Alliance was established to provide the Wisconsin Underground Contractors
Association (WUCA) 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 excavation and trenching
construction hazards and addressing training issues.
Implementation Team Members:
Members of the Implementation Team are; Richard Wanta, Executive Director, WUCA;
Dick Lentz, Safety Supervisor, Wisconsin Consultation Program; Chris Zortman,
Assistant Area Director; Pat Ostrenga, Compliance Assistant Specialist, and Jim
Lutz, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Milwaukee Area Office.
Implementation Team Meetings
Several safety committee meetings were conducted since the signing of the
agreement to establish either activities or Alliance products. Both OSHA and
WUCA now participate with the state Chapter of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA)
which brings Utilities, Diggers Hotline, Locate Services, Excavators and other
interested parties together to discuss safety and health issues.
Activities and Products
Evaluation Period: The date of the evaluation period includes the time
period of March 14, 2008 through April 30, 2009.
WUCA sponsored several events during 2008. OSHA participated in these events by
presenting information on highlighted cases throughout the state, providing
updates on legislative activity, and through publicizing commonly cited
violations which initiated discussions on prevention.
The interactive session conducted by OSHA provided attendees with guidance on
establishing both inspection criteria, and an effective safety and health
management process. Utilizing this format, each of the Alliance goals including
Training and Education, Outreach and Communication, and Promoting the National
Dialogue on Safety and Health was successfully achieved.
In December of 2008, OSHA provided WUCA members with an informational session on
the excavation process which included a focus on "White Lining" excavations. The
concept of "White Lining" emphasizes the best practice of identifying areas to
be excavated to the locate services. PowerPoint slides developed by the
Milwaukee Area Office and incorporated into the presentation included specific
practices excavator could take to identify proposed excavations. The session
also included information on the services of Diggers Hotline as well as
frequently cited violations, multi-employer sites, and other issues discussed by
The presentation was conducted during an association meeting for a variety of
The Milwaukee Area Office also developed a DVD of the material presented during
the December meeting which was shown at 58 locations throughout the state. The
meetings held around the state were attended by over 5000 individuals who work
in the excavation field.
The team has agreed to develop a quick card which will provide information to
excavators on what to do when unidentified utilities are struck. Also
participating in the development of the card will be members of the local Common
Ground Alliance (CGA) Chapter and the Wisconsin Damage Prevention Council.
Working in cooperation, and delivering the desired information, members of the
Alliance were able to achieve the three goals established for the Alliance. This
information was shared, not only by safety and health professionals within the
industry, but with business owners, safety equipment vendors, insurance
representatives, and even though not targeted, the sessions around the state
included public sector employees as well.
The impact of the Alliance during the reporting period was that as anticipated,
considering activities of the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association and
size of the membership. Future expansion of this Alliance is anticipated.
- Activities and Numbers of Individuals Reached or Trained
Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
|Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Quarterly WUCA Safety Committee Meetings
Excavator Safety Meetings
- Upcoming Milestones
The Alliance Implementation Team has discussed, as noted, the development of a
quick card for excavators to use for utility strikes. Other issues discussed
include conducting Hispanic outreach (OSHA 10 Hour) for construction. A planning
session will be conducted for the 10 Hour Course and to discuss the quick card
as well as further activities.
Report Prepared by: Jim Lutz, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Milwaukee Area
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