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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the Scaffold & Access Industry Association, Inc. (SAIA)

March 21, 2012


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    February 25, 2008

    Date Renewed

    June 29, 2011

    Evaluation Period

    February 25, 2011 - February 24, 2012

    Overview

    The Alliance provides SAIA's members and others in the construction industry, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will continue to address fall and caught-in-between hazards and issues related to mast climbing scaffolding, suspended scaffolding, and aerial lift equipment.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Francis Dougherty
    Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
    Lloyd "Jim" Boom
    OCS, DOC
    Tony Mapes
    General Industry Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs
    Morgan Seuberling
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs

    SAIA

    Kevin O'Shea
    Mastclimbers LLC; Masterclimber Council Chair, SAIA
    Laurie Weber
    SAIA Executive Director
    Stephen Smith
    Edge International; President, SAIA
    Marty Coughlin
    Waco Scaffolding & Equipment; President-Elect, SAIA
    Bob Backer
    Aerial Work Platform Council, SAIA
    James Hinton
    EZ Scaffold Company; Worker Representative, SAIA
    Ron Warde
    Southwest Carpenters Training Fund, SAIA
    Ismael Castillo
    Southwest Carpenters Training Fund, SAIA

    Laborers' Union:

    Travis Parsons
    Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America, LiUNA

    *As of January 18, 2012, Francis Dougherty was replaced by Lloyd Jim Boom as DOC's representative on the OSHA Alliance Team.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    February 25, 2011
    June 6, 2011
    September 26, 2011
    January 30, 2012

  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives

      • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

        Products

        During the reporting period, SAIA published press releases and articles focusing on OSHA's initiatives and standards in the both the Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine and SAIA's Press Release News. For more information on the articles and press releases, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

        Event

        World of Concrete

        Representatives from the SAIA Alliance delivered a workshop presentation on "MCWP-Reaching Higher for Safety" and promoted the Alliance at the World of Concrete, January 23-27, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, SAIA distributed OSHA publications and products developed through the OSHA and SAIA Alliance to approximately 1,500 industry safety and health professionals that attended the Alliance exhibit booth.

      • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall, caught-in-between, and other scaffolding related hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

        Construction Workplace Design Solutions

        Through the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, members of the SAIA Alliance Implementation Team provided feedback on a series of Construction Workplace Design Solutions, which focus on design solutions to help prevent falls in the construction industry, including:

        • Falls From Structural Steel (Beam Columns)
        • Falls From Ladders
        • Falls From Roofs (Roof Anchors
        • Falls From Height (Large Duct)

        2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

        On May 1-7, 2011, the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Association of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."

        To help support the event, SIA disseminated information about the 2011 NAOSH Week to their membership through a press release in March 2011.

      Training and Education Goal

      • To develop effective training and education programs for workers in the scaffolding industry regarding mast climbing scaffolding, suspended scaffolding, and aerial lift equipment, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

        Product

        Mast Climbers Workplace Platform (MCWP) Best Practices Seminar

        Through the OSHA and SAIA Alliance, SAIA safety professionals developed a training program for the safe operation of MCWPs. The one-day Best Practices Seminar is designed to be presented through SAIA's training programs and will include both class room and a hands on demonstration regarding pre-operational inspection, unit operation, material handling, and load capacity in the safe operation of the MCWP equipment based on OSHA regulations, ANSI standards, and specific manufacturer recommendations.

      Outreach and Communication Goals

      • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the SAIA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.

        Products

        Mast Climbers Fundamentals of Safe Use-Ground Conditions Fact Sheet

        Through the OSHA and Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) Alliance, SIA developed a fact sheet providing information to ensure that the ground under the mast climber is solid and secure and that it remains safe during erection or dismantling of the structure. The fact sheet was finalized and posted to the SIA Web site and linked to the OSHA Web pages from the SIA Alliance Web page in April 2011. In addition, the fact sheet is used as a resource for OSHA staff during the MCWP Best Practices Seminar.

        Mast Climbers Fundamentals of Safe Use-Tying to the Structure Fact Sheet

        Through the OSHA and Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) Alliance, SIA developed a fact sheet providing information to ensure that the method of tying the unit to the structure is properly planned and executed and that it remains safe during erection or dismantling of the structure. The fact sheet was finalized and posted to the SIA Web site and linked to the OSHA Web pages from the SIA Alliance Web page in April 2011. In addition, the fact sheet is used as a resource for OSHA staff during the MCWP Best Practices Seminar.

        SAIA and OSHA Alliance Web Page

        SAIA is continuing to update the SAIA and OSHA Alliance Web page on its Web site. Information includes links to the Alliance agreement and OSHA's electronic assistance tools. In addition, the page features links to products developed by SAIA through the Alliance Program, including the Mast Climber and Transport Platform resources.

        OSHA and SAIA Alliance Web Page

        OSHA maintains an OSHA and SAIA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and SAIA Alliance agreement, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events of the Alliance, and links to the Alliance developed products and resources.

        Publications

        Information and news releases on the OSHA and SAIA Alliance and its activities appeared in print and electronic publications such as Masonry Magazine, PaintSquare - Paint and Coatings Industry News, Scaffold Industry Magazine, Mason Contractors, and Access Lift & Handlers Magazine.

        In addition, an article entitled "SAIA Shares Best Practices Seminar for MCWPs with OSHA" was written by Laurie Weber and Published in the September 2011 edition of the Alliance Quarterly Review (AQR). The AQR article was a synopsis of the MCWP Best Practices Seminar Pilot presented to OSHA staff in Washington, DC. For more information on the articles and press releases, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

        OSHA Electronic Assistance Tools

        Representatives from SAIA served on the editorial board of the OSHA Scaffolding eTool and the OSHA Scaffolding Safety and Health Topics page, providing OSHA with their expertise and technical review until January 18, 2012:

        • Dale Lindemer, PE, National Engineering Manager, ThyssenKrupp Safway, Inc., Waukesha, Wisconsin
        • Hardy Roloff, CHST, Corp. Safety Manager, Waco Scaffolding and Equipment Company, Cleveland, Ohio
        • Jeff Stachowiak, National Safety Director, Safety & Risk Management, Sunbelt Rentals, Saint Johns, Florida

      • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SAIA's conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.

        Events

        Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) Annual Conference and Exposition

        On July 18, 2011, Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance exhibit booth at the SAIA Annual Conference and Exposition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, SAIA distributed products developed through the OSHA and SAIA Alliance to approximately 300 industry safety and health professionals that attended the exhibit booth.

      • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SAIA's good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

        Event

        Mast Climbers Workplace Platform (MCWP) Best Practices Seminar Pilot

        Through the OSHA and SAIA Alliance, SAIA safety professionals conducted a pilot MCWP Best Practices Seminar for 20 OSHA participants from DSG, DEP, DOC, and Region III on June 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. During the one-day seminar, an SAIA trainer provided class room and hands on training regarding pre-operational inspection, unit operation, material handling, and load capacity for the safe operation of the equipment based on OSHA regulations, ANSI standards, and specific manufacturer recommendations. SAIA trainer used both the Mast Climbers Fundamentals of Safe Use-Ground Conditions Fact Sheet and the Mast Climbers Fundamentals of Safe Use-Tying to the Structure Fact Sheet as resources during the Seminar.

    2. Executive Summary

      Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and SAIA are working together to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources on safety and health issues in the construction industry. The positive relationship that SAIA has developed over the past three years has led to the development of many projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. For example, members of the SAIA Alliance Implementation Team finalized the Best Practices Seminar on the Mast Climbing Worker Platform, complete the Mast Climber Fact Sheets, and conducted a pilot for the Best Practices Seminar. The MCWP Fact Sheets were posted on the SAIA Web page and linked to the OSHA Web pages.

      Through the Alliance Program, SAIA members provided feedback on draft documents developed through the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, including the Construction Workplace Design Solutions.

      As part of their training goal, SAIA safety professionals conducted a pilot for the Best Practices Seminar on the safe operation of MCWPs. SAIA provided the one-day training program to 20 OSHA attendees from DSG, DEP, DOC and Region III. The Seminar included both class room and hands on demonstrations regarding pre-operational inspection, unit operation, material handling, and load capacity in the safe operation of the MCWP equipment.

      In addition, OSHA staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the SAIA Annual Conference and Exposition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SAIA Alliance representatives staffed an OSHA publications and Alliance developed products exhibit booth during the World of Concrete.

      SAIA representatives also shared their expertise with OSHA through participation on the editorial boards for the OSHA Scaffolding Safety and Health Topics page and on the OSHA Scaffolding eTool.

      Finally, as part of their outreach, SAIA supported and promoted the 2011 NAOSH Week by distributing information about the week to its membership and others through a press release in March 2011.

    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      OSHA and SIA Alliance Web page
      on the OSHA Web site
      Data Not Available
      SIA and OSHA Alliance Web page
      on the SIA Web site
      7,264
      OSHA Scaffolding eTool 48,041
      OSHA Scaffolding Safety and
      Health Topics Page
      62,312
      June 30, 2012: MCWP Best Practices Seminar Pilot, Washington, DC.
      Speaker: Kevin O’Shea, Mastclimbers LLC, Mastclimbers Council Chair, SAIA.
      20
      July 18, 2012: Scaffold & Access Industry Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
      Exhibit: Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA staffed an Alliance exhibit booth during the conference.
      300
      January 23-27, 2012: World of Concrete, Las Vegas, Nevada
      Exhibit: SAIA Alliance Representatives staffed an OSHA publications and Alliance developed products exhibit booth.
      1,500
      March 16, 2011: "SIA and OSHA develop ‘Fundamentals of Safe Use’ for MCWPs"
      Access Lift & Handlers
      Data Not Available
      June 29, 2011: "OSHA Renews Alliance with Scaffold Industry Association"
      Access Lift & Handlers
      Data Not Available
      June 30, 2011: "OSHA Renews Alliance with SIA"
      Masonry Magazine
      Data Not Available
      June 30, 2011: "OSHA Renews Alliance with SIA"
      Mason Contractors
      Data Not Available
      July 12, 2011: "OSHA Renews Alliance with Scaffold Industry Association"
      Mason Contractors
      Data Not Available
      August 19, 2011: "Scaffold Industry Association Votes to Add "Access" to its Name"
      Access Lift & Handlers
      Data Not Available
      August 24, 2011: "OSHA Alliance Renewed-SIA"
      PaintSquare-Paint and Coatings Industry News
      Data Not Available
      September 2011: "SAIA Shares Best Practices Seminar for MCWPs with OSHA"
      Alliance Quarterly Reviewce Program Participants
      38 National Alliance Program
      Participants
      March 23, 2011: "SIA Joins ASSE for 2011 NAOSH Week"
      SIA News Press Release
      6,000
      April 2011: "OSHA Focuses on Injury and Illness Prevention Rule"
      Scaffold Industry
      5,000
      May 2011: "OSHA Moves to Prevent Residential Injuries, Deaths"
      SIA Industry News
      5,000
      July 2011: "OSHA Launches National Survey on Employers’ Safety and Health Practices"
      Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine
      5,000
      August 2011: "OSHA Offers Grace Period for Fall-Protection Compliance"
      Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine
      5,000
      August 2011: "OSHA New Federal Rule Allows Employers to Save Money"
      Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine
      5,000
      August 2011: "SIA Secures Renewed Alliance with OSHA"
      Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine
      5,000
      September 2011: "Complex Applicability-Federal Regulations"
      Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine
      5,000
      September 22, 2011: "OSHA Issues Memo About Fall Protection on Aerial Lifts"
      SAIA News Press Release
      6,000
      November 2011: "OSHA Issues Memo About Fall Protection on Aerial Lifts"
      Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine
      5,000
      TOTAL 171,475
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The OSHA and SAIA Alliance Implementation Team discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. Through the Alliance, SIA will conduct four Best Practices Seminars on the Mast Climbing Worker Platform. SAIA will also develop training and guidance materials for Aerial Work Platforms; Suspended Scaffolds; and Frame Scaffolds.

    In addition, SAIA members will attend meetings of the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, when scheduled, and contribute to the development of Construction Workplace Design Solutions (CWDS) which focus on the prevention of falls in the construction industry.

    Finally, SAIA representatives will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support the 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), May 6-12, 2012, "Safety, What Every Business Needs."

Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, March 21, 2012

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