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December, 2013 – December, 2014

  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed

    Originally on 12/20/2007; renewed on May 11, 2012


    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:

    • 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.

    Outreach and communication:

    • 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.
    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on Steel Erection and analysis of injury and illness trends to identify methods for preventing other injuries in the industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

    Implementation Team Members

    • 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

    Evaluation Period


  3. Implementation Team Meetings
    • On March 17, 2014, a meeting was held between the representative of the Ironworkers, Mike Baker, and Bonita Winingham, Area Director. A discussion regarding the alliance was held regarding the failure of participating contractors to turn over injury and illness statistics and how to proceed. It was determined that the contractors were not bound by the alliance (they were not signatory); and therefore, not required to present the data voluntarily. For this reason, all attempts to collect the data were suspended. Mr. Baker and Mrs. Winingham both agreed that the alliance has value and concurred with CSHO Thurlby’s assessment that the relationship should be continued with an emphasis on joint training between OSHA and the Ironworkers.
    • In November of 2014, a meeting was held between CSHO Thurlby and Mike Baker. We discussed renewing the alliance for the period of two years and removing the section which discussed collecting the injury and illness data. It was also decided that the ironworkers would provide training to the area office regarding ironworker lingo and practices. The alliance will continue to contain a training component for apprentice through journeyman ironworkers.
  4. Events and Products
  5. Training and Education


    Due to scheduling conflicts and a limited training opportunity, training was not conducted during this fiscal year. The ironworkers will be having a new apprentice class for FY 2015 and upon renewal of the alliance; OSHA will be involved in those courses.

    Outreach and Communication


    Throughout the course of the year, Mr. Baker was contacted by the Omaha Area Office for status updates as well as any general questions that may have been brought forward by their membership. This is one of the primary benefits of the alliance and something that has helped to erase a negative image of OSHA within the ironworker community. The members of the ironworkers union are more comfortable asking questions than in past years.

  6. Results
  7. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Training on Subpart R 0
    TOTAL 0
  8. Upcoming Milestones
  9. The alliance is due for review and renewal in 2015. Both sides wish to renew the alliance with modifications and there does not appear to be any hurdles to continuing the relationship.

    Report Prepared by: Matt Thurlby, Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Omaha Area Office

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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