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ALLIANCE CLOSE-OUT REPORT
OSHA - OMAHA AREA OFFICE
THE METRO OMAHA BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
NEBRASKA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – OSHA CONSULTATION
February 15, 2009
Report Prepared by: Doug Fletcher, OSHA-Omaha Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist
- Alliance Background
February 15, 2007
This Alliance was developed in order to address a significant problem in the
residential construction industry. The Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA)
serves as an advocate to over 700 area home builders, building material
suppliers, and other related service providers involved in the residential
construction sector. Through their vast network OSHA, MOBA, and Consultation
intended to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that
would help home builders protect employees and subcontractors. Specific
attention was focused on preventing exposure to fall hazards, electrocution
hazards, and other hazards associated with the residential construction
industry. Emphasis was also placed on increasing access to information and
training of the Spanish-speaking workforce in this sector.
Implementation Team Members
|Metro Omaha Builders Assn.
02/15/2008 – 02/15/2009
- Implementation Team Meetings
All contact during this evaluation period was conducted via e-mail.
- Events and Products
Training and Education
Events: The Omaha Area Office representatives conducted one training session for MOBA members, focusing on residential fall protection, ladder safety, and
electrical safety. This session was attended by home builders and their
02/27/08 MOBA office 4 companies represented
Outreach and Communication
Events: The Omaha Area Office CAS provides information via e-mail to the MOBA
representative, which is then forwarded throughout the MOBA membership.
Information includes such things as regulatory updates, safety and health
bulletins, fatality updates, newsletters, and training schedules that may be
pertinent to the MOBA members.
At its inception, this alliance appeared to provide access into a hard to reach
sector of the construction industry. Residential contractors have always been
difficult to reach in an organized fashion. Although MOBA representatives
entered into the agreement with good intentions, when it came time to coordinate
outreach activities, they experienced the same frustrations that OSHA
historically has, with a lack of interest and participation. Additional training
opportunities were proposed by OSHA, but never came to fruition. Attempts to
drive training down into the lower tiers of residential contracting, including
the Spanish-speaking contractors, were unsuccessful. In retrospect, the Metro
Omaha Builders Association did not have the influence necessary, within the
residential construction community, to drive such an ambitious undertaking. The
partnership was concluded on February 15, 2009.