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Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Colorado
July 2, 2007

Alliance Background

The alliance was signed on May 18, 2006


The purpose of the alliance is to provide ABC members and others in the construction industry, including non-English or limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect health and safety by addressing issues such as construction related hazard recognition and hazard prevention.

Implementation Team Members

Megan Meagher – OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist;

Tammy Whitaker - ABC Education Director;

David Myers – ABC Western Slope President and CEO


Herb Gibson – OSHA Area Director

Raleigh Sorenson – Safety Director, FCI Constructors; ABC Safety Committee Chair

Evaluation Period

1 year (May 18, 2006 – May 17, 2007)

Implementation Team Meetings

9/14/06 – in person meeting at ABC offices in Grand Junction, CO

1/19/07 – in person meeting at ABC offices in Grand Junction, CO

5/18/07 – in person meeting at ABC offices in Grand Junction, CO

Events and Products

Training and Education
  • Events

    11/14/06 – CAS provided Recordkeeping training to Western Slope ABC members and other employers sponsored by ABC Western Slope chapter

    "Spanish to English" course for construction supervisors to establish better communication with respect to safety issues between supervisors and workers

    "Construction English" course for ESL workers to open lines of communication about safety between workers and supervisors
    OSHA provided ABC with list of known instructors for Spanish 10 hour course. ABC plans to provide a Spanish 10 hour in fall 2007

    2 OSHA 10 hour classes sponsored by ABC Western Slope in March and June 2007

  • Products

Outreach and Communication
  • Events

    5/17/07 – Region VIII VPP Manager provided presentation on new VPP Construction program at ABC Western Slope Safety Awards Banquet

  • Products

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
  • Events


  • Products

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Construction English 6
Spanish to English for Supervisors 8
OSHA 10 hour class 45
OSHA Recordkeeping 20
VPP presentation at awards banquet 60

Upcoming Milestones

Begin to offer 10 hour classes in Spanish at ABC offices in fall 2007

OSHA to present special topic classes at ABC (topics to be selected based on needs/interest of members)

Encourage and provide support for at least 1 ABC member company to complete and submit a VPP application

Support ABC efforts and participate in, as possible, the National Careers in Construction Week (3rd week of October 2007)

Participate in OSHA 10 hours whenever possible by providing "OSHA" hour

Collaborate on and support efforts for western Colorado "school to career" programs focusing on construction

OSHA will contribute articles to western Colorado ABC newsletter as appropriate

Page last updated: 02/26/2010