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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Dallas Area Office
Fort Worth Area Office

And

National Utility Contractor Association of TEXAS, Inc
September 16, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      September 18, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      September 18, 2015 through September 16, 2016

    3. Overview

      The Alliance between the Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices of OSHA and the National Utility Contractor Association of Texas, Inc (NUCA) was directed towards collaboration in outreach efforts to reduce worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the construction industry. NUCA has offered OSHA Representatives a platform during quarterly Safety Roundtable meetings that are for NUCA members to participate in workplace safety and health leadership awareness. Guest Speakers at the quarterly safety meetings provided information regarding worker rights, statistics, available resources and networking.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Stephen Boyd
      Area Director, OSHA, Dallas Area Office
      Jack Rector
      Area Director, OSHA Fort Worth Area Office
      Elias Vela
      Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Dallas Area Office

      National Utility Contractor Association of Texas, Inc.

      Alex Kocher
      President
      Deana Butorac
      Executive Director
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Alliance coordination and planning was conducted through phone, email, and quarterly meetings throughout the year.

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting Quarterly meeting January 22, 2016 Worker Safety & Statistics

    20

    Meeting Quarterly meeting July 22, 2016 Worker Safety & Statistics

    20


    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical workers at construction projects, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting Monthly meetings where NUCA members attended sessions of presentations regarding workplace safety and health Jan 20, 2016 Falls, Struck-By, Caught-in, and Electrical hazards

    20


    Training and Education:

    To develop effective training and education programs for workers regarding construction industry regarding falls, electrical, fires-explosions, and struck-by hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting Monthly meetings where NUCA members attended sessions of presentations regarding workplace safety and health Apr 22, 2016 Falls, Struck by, Caught-in, and Electrical hazards

    20

    Meeting Monthly meetings where patrons attended sessions of presentations regarding workplace safety and health May 18, 2016 Falls, Struck by, Caught-in, and Electrical hazards

    30

    Meeting Monthly meetings where patrons attended sessions of presentations regarding workplace safety and health July 20, 2016 Falls, Struck by, Caught-in, and Electrical hazards

    20


    Outreach and Communication:

    To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Construction Industry safety conferences, local meetings, or other occupational safety awareness outreach events.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation AD’s, AAD’s, CAS, and CSHO’s spoke at the Trench Safety Training Event in Carrollton, TX on Sept 15th, 2015 Workers’ Rights. Focused Trench Safety Hazards. Fatality statistics

    340

    Speech/Presentation CAS Elias Vela and AD Rector spoke at the Trench Safety Training Event in Azle, TX on Sept 16th, 2016 Seven individual stations: Presenters in English and Spanish Workers’ Rights. Focused Trench Safety Hazards. Fatality statistics

    320



    TOTAL

    790

  4. Evaluation

    Discussions regarding the effectiveness of this Alliance resulted in mutual agreement in favor of continuing the collaboration.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    1. 1. Collaboration to encourage NUCA members to submit an abstract for conducting a presentation at the first annual OSHA Construction Safety Conference at the Irving Convention Center on or about Oct 27th, 2016.
    2. 2. Continue planning and conducting quarterly meetings.

Report prepared by: Elias Vela, CAS, Dallas Area Office, December 2, 2016

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