Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region VII
Originally signed July 8, 2003, renewed 7/15/04, and renewed again on 7/20/06.
Time Period Covered by This Report
August 17, 2007 through July 8, 2009
This Alliance addresses overhead power line hazards in the
telecommunication/cable TV installation industry, by using the collective
expertise of best practices and technical knowledge of both parties.
Outreach and communication:
- On September 17, 2007, KCP&L’s Dodson Service Center received a call
concerning workers erecting a building which were working near KCP&L overhead
lines. One of the KCP&L Field Safety Specialist went to the site to have a look
and found workers up on the steel without any fall protection and working in the
proximity of our over head lines. The Field Safety Specialist said that he had
trouble getting the workers down due to the fact no one could speak English.
After the KCP&L Field Safety Specialist got the workers down, KCP&L crews
relocated the secondaries that were running through the steel structure in order
to make the area safe. Also the Field Safety Specialist referred other issues to
OSHA for inspection including scaffolding construction, the gentleman working
with his back at the very edge of the roof without any fall restraint system,
and the step ladder against the building to gain access to the roof. This is an
example of the referral clause in the Alliance working as envisioned and how it
helped to protect at risk Hispanic workers.
- On September 27, 2007, a training session was presented at KCP&L’s Sub-One
training facility. The session was for the benefit of approximately 80 tree
trimmer and construction industry safety professionals on the hazards and
control measures related to working around overhead power lines. The training
included live power line contact simulations, which were quite dramatic, in
order to show the grave implications of such contact incidents involving both
low and high voltage transmission lines.
- On February 11, 2008, the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) from the KCAO,
forwarded to the KCP&L Distribution Safety Department the recent interpretation
of 1910.269 P(1)(iii).
- On July 23, 2008, the KCAO CAS, in conjunction with KCP&L presented a 4-hour
course on Recordkeeping to the Rural Electrical Cooperatives in Jefferson City,
Missouri City on 7/23/2008. Approximately 62 people attended.
- On October 3, 2008, the Program Analyst and the Regional CAS in Compliance
Assistance Section of the Region VII OSHA Regional Office participated in the
annual KCP&L sponsored Safety Awareness Event. This outreach targeted both
arborist and construction trades’ employers and employees. Approximately 60
- On January 8, 2009, the KCAO CAS in conjunction with both the Missouri
Department of Conservation and KCP&L presented a 4-hour seminar on line
clearance tree trimming standards, wood chipper safety and chain saw safety in
Joplin, Missouri. Approximately 41 persons attended.
- KCP&L’s Distribution Safety Department also provides periodic training to
local arborists they sub-contract with throughout the year. There have been no
recent injuries or accidents related to this type of work.
Implementation Team Members:
- The KCAO CAS regularly refers to the outcomes of this Alliance, as an example
of how well an OSHA Alliance can work, during many of his speeches and
- As a result of this alliance, overhead power line contact fatalities among
arborists, cable TV, telephone and construction workers have been at zero for
several past years, as compared to the average of three fatalities per year
prior to the implementation of this Alliance.
||Manager T&D Safety
||Safety & Training Specialist
||SR Manager Safety & Training
||Managing Attorney, Kansas City Power & Light
During the past year, the OSHA and KCP&L Implementation Team have not met on a
formal basis. However, the KCAO CAS and the KCP&L Manager T&D Safety keep in
contact on a regular basis and have held productive discussions regarding
additional products that may enhance the safety and health of the cable TV
installation industry, employees of KCP&L, and most recently employees in the
construction sector. In addition, the Alliance has helped OSHA personnel better
understand the different types of hazards created by workers on utility poles,
as well as other types of electrical work.
||Compliance Assistance Specialist (KCAO)
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
During the past several years, KCP&L has found the number of reportable
accidents among contract labor on their utility poles have decreased to zero
since the program was initiated. KCP&L has found the cable TV installation crews
and construction employers to be more cooperative with coming into compliance
when reprimanded by KCP&L, or being already in compliance willingly.
KCP&L Manager T&D Safety and the KCAO CAS regularly consult with members of the
construction industry on the issue of overhead power line safety and control
Also, it has been found that multi-state employers have used the outreach
materials in other areas they have worked outside of the Kansas City
Future Plans for the Alliance
Although the Alliance technically expired in July 2008, OSHA and KCP&L have
continued to work together. KCP&L has expressed the desire and willingness to
renew the Alliance. A renewal alliance document has been written and approved by
the Regional Solicitor, and the document is waiting signatures. However, the
renewal alliance agreement was never signed. As a result, the alliance is
Report Prepared by: Original report by Mark Banden (October 1, 2009) and amended
report by Jacalyn Wheeler (September 30, 2010)
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at
202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's Webpage.