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Occupational Safety and Health Administration and
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L)
August 17, 2007

Date Signed

Originally signed July 8, 2003, renewed 7/15/04, and renewed again on 7/20/06.

Time Period Covered by This Report

July 9, 2004 Ė August 17, 2007


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.

Training and education:
  • On October 21, 2005, a training session was presented at KCP&Lís Sub-One training facility. The session was for the benefit of approximately 40 tree trimmers who were being sub-contracted to KCP&L. The Regional Alliance Coordinator spoke for a brief time about how our region feels this is one of their most successful programs.
  • On October 27, 2006, an additional safety training awareness session was held with 50 telecommunication installers. The Regional Alliance Coordinator again spoke about the success of the program and how OSHA had awarded a plaque to KCP&L to congratulate them for going two years without a fatality in their service area (see more under Outreach and Communication below).
  • On March 7 and 8, 2007, the CAS from the Kansas City AO, along with KCP&Lís Distribution Safety Coordinator and a local safety consultant performed two 3-hour training sessions at the request of the Show-Me Chapter of the Society of Cable Engineers and MediaCom (also telecommunication line installers). The sessions on March 7 were held in Springfield, MO, and the two sessions on March 8 were held in Columbia, MO. About 40 people attended each session. The CAS taught the groups about the Telecommunications Standard, the KCP&L Distribution Safety Coordinator taught about overhead power line contact avoidance and aerial lifts, and the safety consultant taught fall protection. One of the most notable outcomes of the sessions was that everyone attending realized that the use of body harnesses was far superior for fall protection compared to the use of body belts alone (which is allowed under OSHA standards).
  • KCP&Lís Distribution Safety Coordinator 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.
Outreach and communication:
  • On September 12, 2005, KCP&L was presented a plaque for their Alliance work and for the fact that they had no fatalities in the two years following the Alliance signing. Chuck Adkins, CIH, Regional Administrator, stated ďThis achievement is testimony to the cooperative efforts of employers, workers and OSHA to build a culture of safety.Ē
  • On October 31, 2006, officials from Ameren UE, which covers electrical distribution and line installations on the east side of Missouri, met with the St. Louis AD to discuss an Alliance, saying they had heard of the success of Kansas Cityís program.
  • On November 1, 2006, the Kansas City CAS and KCP&Lís Distribution Safety Coordinator met at a Missouri Public Service Commission Utility Meeting and discussed the benefits of the Alliance.
  • The Kansas City CAS has received requests from across the nation for the PowerPoint presentation he used at the above March 7 and 8, 2007, sessions.
Implementation Team Members

  • Dale Myers, Superintendent, Contracted Services
  • Keith Kensinger, Distribution Safety Coordinator
  • Alex Berkovich, Supervisor, Construction and Maintenance
  • George Warman, Director, Field Operations
  • Vicky Schroeder, Senior Attorney, Great Plains Energy Services
  • Mark Banden, Compliance Assistance Specialist (KCAO)
During the past year, the OSHA and KCP&L Implementation Team has met regularly and held productive discussions regarding additional products that may enhance the safety and health of the cable TV installation industry, as well as employees of KCP&L. In addition, the Alliance will help OSHA personnel better understand the different types of hazards created by workers on utility poles, as well as other types of electrical work.

Alliance Program Reach

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
October 21, 2005 Training for Tree Trimmers at KCPLís Sub-One facility. 40
October 27, 2006 Training for Telecommunication Line Installers 50
March 7-8, 2007 Training provided for Telecommunication Line Installers Two 3-hour sessions in Springfield, MO and two 3-hour sessions in Columbia, MO. 160
The CAS from the Kansas City AO received several requests for his PowerPoint presentation from the above sessions. 25

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 to have decreased to zero since the program was initiated. KCP&L has found the cable tv installation crews to be more cooperative with coming into compliance when reprimanded by KCP&L, or being already in compliance willingly. 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 Metropolitan Area.