to Region VII
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OMAHA, NE AREA OFFICE
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL, ORNAMENTAL AND REINFORCING
IRON WORKERS, LOCAL 21
December, 2008 – December, 2009
- Alliance Background
This Alliance was signed to provide Local 21 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 fall hazards associated with the steel erection industry. The
agreement also focuses on a number of goals including:
Training and education:
Outreach and communication:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education
programs for Apprentice Iron Workers regarding fall hazards in the steel
erection industry, and to provide expertise in communicating such information
to employers and employees in the industry.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health
curricula on 29 CFR 1926 Subpart R. This will be part of the Apprentice Iron
Workers training program as part of their advancement to Journeyman.
Implementation Team Members
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the
recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in
developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic
media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and the Local 21 Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Local 21 conferences, local
meetings, or other Local 21 events.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on
Steel Erection that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Michael Baker
Business Manager, Financial Secretary- Treasurer
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing
Iron Workers, Local 21
- Matthew Thurlby
Compliance Safety and Health Officer
OSHA - Omaha Area Office
12/20/08 – 12/20/2009
- Implementation Team Meetings
- Impromptu meetings were held when training sessions with the union
apprentices took place.
- Discussions have taken place regarding the continuation of the alliance
which is due to expire in December of 2009. At this time both parties have
expressed interest in renewing this agreement.
- Events and Products
Training and Education
4/14/2009: An OSHA representative has provided a 4-hour training session to the
Ironworker Apprentices, covering 1926 Subpart R, with an emphasis on fall
protection. This training is included in the OSHA 10-hour Construction Outreach
certification that each apprentice will receive at the conclusion of this
Outreach and Communication
June 2009: A meeting was held with Mr. Mike Baker, Business Manager, to discuss
the use of aerial lifts while performing steel erection activities. The
extension of the alliance was also discussed as well as the benefits to the
apprentice ironworkers to having early interaction with OSHA Compliance
April/November 2009: Mike Baker, Business Manager, receives OSHA Updates as
provided by the Omaha Area Office CAS through email information bulletins. This
information includes updates on Nebraska fatalities and enforcement activities,
technical updates, training information, and other items of interest.
Type of Activity
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
4/14/09 4-hour training to apprentices
April 2009 electronic information bulletin: email broadcast by CAS.
Sent directly to Local 21 Business Manager for dissemination. Local 21
represents approximately 700 iron workers.
June 2009 Meeting with the Business Manager for Local 21
1 with a potential impact to 700
November 2009 electronic information bulletin: email broadcast by CAS.
Distributed to Iron Workers Local 21 Contact for dissemination throughout the
membership ~ 700.
- Upcoming Milestones
OSHA will participate in Subpart R training and OSHA 10 hour courses as each new
class of apprentices is assigned.
The alliance was signed into effect on 12-20-07 with the expiration set for
12-20-2009. Both parties agree that this alliance has value and have decided to
renew. The renewal document has been approved by Region VII Solicitor and is
waiting for signatures in the new year.
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