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Alliance Background

Date Signed:

February 12, 2009

  1. Overview

  2. OSHA and HBR hereby form an Alliance to provide HBR 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 crane related incidents in the petrochemical, construction and refining industries.

  3. Implementation Team Members: Ray Fried, Keith Plantier, Rick Denbow and Sheila Schulmeyer.
  4. HBR:
    Executive Director: Wayne Oswald
    Operating Committee Chairman: Mark Atherton
    Safety & Health Resource Committee: Bruce Lushbough, CSP
    Crane & Rigging Committee: Walter Brumley

    USDOL - OSHA: Mark R. Briggs, AD
    USDOL - OSHA: Mark A. Hernandez, CAS
    USDOL – OSHA: James Shelton, CAS

  5. Evaluation Period:

  6. 2-12-2010 – 2-12-2012

  7. Implementation Team Meeting:
    1. The Houston South Area Office’s (HSAO) Compliance Assistance Specialists (CAS) attended the monthly Occupational Safety Committee meetings and additional alliance meetings as needed. HBR has the following committees: Operating, Commercial Issues, Contractor Workforce Development, Crane & Rigging, Operation & Maintenance, Project Management, and Safety, Health & Environmental Committee.
  8. Events and Products
    1. 24th Annual HBR Contractor Safety Excellence Awards Ceremony at Galveston Convention Center/San Luis Hotel with approximately 800 guests in attendance. A summary of the Safety Award Excellence ceremony: 118 nominations, 87 companies nominated, 10 categories, 61 nominees, 34 companies chosen for field audits, 96% of nominees had no recordables at the site nominated, site average recordable rate was 0.08, company recordable rate: 0.43 represented about 270 million man hours.
    2. The Safety Excellence Awards Winners Best Practices Seminar held at HASC with approximately 100 people in attendance.
    3. Facilitated the 23rd Annual HBR Contractor Safety Excellence Award where 60 contractors were present.

    Outreach and Communication
    1. Mr. Oswald and members of the sub-committees are members of National organizations and have attended Regional and National conferences.
    2. Co-hosted the 8 Best-in-Practice winners for the 2010 & 2011 Contractor Safety Excellence Awards Process where over 2000 attended.

  9. Training and Education
    1.  Facilitated 64 PSM audits of contractor by a third part auditor of HBR.
    2. Hosted four Planner / Scheduler seminars: 60 attendees
    3. Hosted the HBR Crane & Rigging standard breakfast: 200 with five presenters: presentation are on the website:

  10. Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

  11. Health
    1. HBR was awarded the national Users Roundtable (CURT) organization at the national conference in Orlando, Florida.
    2. HBR Crane & Rigging Sub-Committee co-sponsored the Reach Expo 2010 in Houston, Texas:


    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Monthly committee meetings
     Safety Health & Environmental, IH, & Contractors Safety meeting

    40 x 12 = 480 + 100

     Best Practice Seminar


     Contractor Safety Seminar


     Crane & Rigging breakfast


     Crane Reach Expo


     Contractor Best in Practice


     Awards Banquet




    The Houston South OSHA Area Office recommends renewing the Alliance with the Houston Business Roundtable.

    Some outreach activities planned for the future are having a Confined Space workshop on hazards including tank cleaning operations and collaborating with the Texas Chemical Council for the EHS Seminar and do the entire Contractors section with HBR’s Contractors Best Practice.