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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    August 17, 2006


    To provide the Montana Contractor Compensation Fund (MCCF), their members, and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will aid them in protecting employee’s health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the construction industry and reducing the accident and injury rates incurred by their members.

    Implementation Team Members

    MCCF Members:
    Marv Jordan, Executive Director
    Keith Wing, Safety Consultant/Loss Control
    OSHA Billings Area Office:
    Ross Yeager, Area Director
    Michael Foreman, Compliance Assistance Specialist


    No Other Contributors at This Time

    Evaluation Period

    Annual Report Date: August 17, 2007 through August 17, 2008

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    8/23/07 - OSHA and MCCF met in Great Falls to discuss the direction of the alliance for the up coming 12 months.
    10/9/07 - Presented S.T.A.R.T. training with Mike Foreman to11 MRL Equipment managers in Billings.
    10/18-19/07 - Presented at MCCF, MCA, OSHA joint 10-hour OSHA class in Helena to 9 MCCF and non-MCCF representatives.
    1/9-11/08 - MCA Winter Convention. OSHA in attendance.
    2/25/08 - MCCF, OSHA and Mike Allison of Sletten Companies met in Great Falls to discuss future involvement with the construction company and a possible partnership.
    3/20/08 - Video conference call between MCCF and MCCF members with Ross Yeager, OSHA Area Director participating.
    8/15/08 - Meeting with Keith and Mike F. in Billings to discuss a new alliance with t a focus on mobile crane operations.

    MCCF and OSHA met several times during the year informally at various locations in Montana discussing training and outreach for MCCF members.
    Numerous phone calls and emails were made during the year for information regarding the OSHA rules and regulations.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events

      9/7/07 - K Wing presented OSHA Intro, BBP and Hazcom training to 30+ dental hygiene and dental assisting students at MSU-COT, Great Falls.
      10/9/07 - MCCF conducted S.T.A.R.T. (Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques) training with OSHA to 11 MRL Equipment managers in Billings.
      10/18-19/07 - MCCF, MCA (Montana Contractors’ Association), OSHA joint 10-hour OSHA class in Helena to 9 MCCF and non-MCCF representatives. Topics included scaffolding, electrical, fall protection, OSHA, concrete/masonry, excavations,
      2/26/08 – MCCF presented safety data and Mike Foreman presented OHSA information to 9 managers and employees of Montana Lines in Great Falls.
      4/8/08 - Mike Foreman presented OSHA information to 8 or 10 TC Glass employees and management.
      4/10/08 – MCCF attended Mike Foreman’s Electrical Arc Flash and Hexchrom presentations at the SMASH meeting in Butte.
      5/14-16/08 - Attended presentations by Ross Yeager on Arc Flash and Montana Safety at the Intermountain NW Safety Conference in West Yellowstone.
      6/11/08 - MCCF sponsored a fall hazard demonstration by DBI-SALA and presented fall protection training to 75 to 100 MCCF and non-MCCF employees in Great Falls.
      During each outreach/training session meetings were conducted between MCCF and OSHA discussing the direction of our alliance.

    • Products

      Keith Wing, MCCF Safety Consultant, developed several internal documents for the MCCF clients identifying different methods of hazard recognition and implementing safety and health check lists for their clients.
    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      In May of 2008, the Billings Area Office manned a Booth in conjunction with the ASSE, Big Sky Chapter, annual conference in West Yellowstone, Montana. The Area Director and a CSHO from this office attended the conference. There were numerous questions answered from attendees which included members affiliated with the MCCF (Montana Contractor Compensation Fund).
      MCCF presented the OSHA Intro, BBP, Hazard Communications, and our Alliance progress to a group of 30 students at the Montana State University - College of Technology, in Great Falls on September 7, 2007.
      The MCCF continues to promote the Alliance and their relationship with OSHA in their quarterly newsletter.
      The MCCF conducts quarterly safety committee meetings with their client members. An agenda is formulated with input from the members on various topics of interest, including the progress of the alliance.
      The MCCF client members have increased the utilization of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry for free on-site consultation visits.
      As a result of this Alliance the MCCF several of the client members have been utilizing the outreach services of the Billings Area Office through phone calls and emails asking questions about the regulations and how they might apply to their particular job site. This approach to open communications has been increasingly successful.
    • Products

      MCCF developed handouts for Fall Protection, Excavations and Back Health. Forms were developed for Soil Classification and Confined Space Entry.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      During each outreach session and or training session presented by the MCCF and OSHA the alliance and the relationships were presented in a positive manner.
      The MCCF is in contact with their member company representatives on a constant basis, either personally, via email, telephone, or cellular phones.
      The MCCF Safety Consultant schedules site visits to inspect their client’s projects for safety and health concerns. The inspection results are discussed on site and documented for future reference and possible follow up.
    • Products

      There were no products developed at this time.
  4. Results

    All accidents, fatalities, and near miss reports are investigated by the MCCF Safety Consultant with cooperation from the involved company representatives. These investigations were documented and presented before the entire MCCF Safety Committee for comments and feed back. These investigations are presented in a positive manner as a learning experience for all member companies.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Montana Contractor Compensation
    Fund Annual Conference
    150 Attendees
    MCCF Annual Newsletter 50 members and Associates
    Montana Compliance Assistance
    Quarterly Newsletter
    200 Newsletter Subscribers, companies
    and safety professionals
    OSHA 10 Hour for Construction 9 MCCF members & non-members
    Fall Hazard Demonstration 75-100 members/non-members
    Safety Flash Notices, (electronically):
    75-100 members/non-members
    Tool Recalls
    Heat Stress Prevention
    Workplace Accidents
    TOTAL 609

  5. As a result of the OSHA 10 Hour training course at least one company invited the CAS their facility to talk informally to their employees about rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    This two year Alliance terminates on August 17, 2008. It is the desire of both parties to initiate a new Alliance with a focus on mobile crane safety and crane operator competency. The new alliance is expected to be implemented in FY 09.