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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

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

February 26, 2014

  1. Alliance Background
    1. Date Signed

      February 25, 2008

    2. Dates Renewed

      June 29, 2011

      December 18, 2013

    3. Evaluation Period

      February 25, 2013 - February 24, 2014

    4. Overview

      The OSHA and SAIA Alliance focuses on providing SAIA's members and others in the construction industry, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will continue to address the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing fall and caught-in-between hazards and by addressing issues related to frame scaffold, mast climbing scaffold, suspended scaffold, and aerial lift equipment.

      Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury and illness data in their industry to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers.

    5. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      • Morgan Seuberling - Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
      • Lloyd "Jim" Boom - Office of Construction Services, Directorate Of Construction
      • Tony Mapes - General Industry Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs
      • Bruce Love - Program Analyst, Office of Small Business Assistance, DCSP

      SAIA

      • Kevin O'Shea - Hydro Mobile; Masterclimber Council Chair, SAIA
      • Laurie Weber - Executive Director, SAIA
      • Marty Coughlin - Dependable Scaffolding & Equipment; President, 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
      • Mike Russell - Powerclimber; President-Elect, SAIA
      • Ted Beville - Safeway Services; Construction Hoist Council Co-Chair, SAIA
      • Michael Paladino - Eagle Scaffolding Services, Inc: Board of Directors, SAIA
      • Teresa Kee - NES Rentals; AWP Council Co-Chair, SAIA
      • Paula Manning - Century Elevators; Secretary, SAIA

      Laborers' Union:

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

      *Bob Backer served on the OSHA and SAIA Alliance Implementation Team until July 31, 2013.

      **Ron Warde served on the OSHA and SAIA Alliance Implementation Team until December 30, 2013.

      ***Ismael Castillo served on the OSHA and SAIA Alliance Implementation Team until December 30, 2013.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • May 22, 2013
    • September 10, 2013
    • January 8, 2014

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

     

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 1: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Exhibit

    World of Concrete, February 24-26, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Representatives from the SAIA Alliance promoted the Alliance and OSHA initiatives at the World of Concrete by disseminating OSHA publications and products developed through the OSHA and SAIA Alliance to industry safety and health professionals that attended the Alliance exhibit booth.

    Fall Protection in Construction 119
    Other

    Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine, March/April 2013 Issue

    SAIA published an article entitled "Which Standards Apply to Your Projects." The article discusses compliance to general industry versus construction-related standards.

    Fall Protection in Construction 10,000
    Other

    Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine,  November/December 2013 Issue

    SAIA published two articles entitled "A Year of Frustration" and "What are the Safety Guidelines for Construction Hoist Operators." Both articles discuss OSHA regulations.

      10,000
    Other

    Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine, January/February 2014 Issue

    SAIA published an article entitled "Fall Protection Innovations Take on Worker Fatigue."

    Fall Protection in Construction 10,000
    Other

    December 10, 2013: SAIA News Press Release

    SAIA published a press release entitled "SAIA published a press release entitled "Revised Plank & Platform Guidelines."

      10,200
     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 2: 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.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Event

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, March 28, 2013, Washington, DC

    Representatives from the SAIA Alliance participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including the Construction Workplace Design Solutions, and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

    Fall Protection Data Not Applicable
    Event

    2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 5-11, 2013

    The SAIA Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."

    To help support the event, SAIA linked to the 2013 NAOSH Week Web page and distributed information on the event to SAIA members.

      7,452
     
    Outreach and Communication Goal 1: 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.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Product

    SAIA and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    SAIA maintains the SAIA and OSHA Alliance Web page on its Website. 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. SAIA includes OSHA initiatives on the Web page such as the Falls in Construction initiative, with resources, information, and links to the OSHA Web pages.

    Falls in Construction

     

    Data Not Available
    Product

    OSHA and SAIA Alliance Web Page

    OSHA maintains the OSHA and SAIA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Website.  The page includes the Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events, milestones and successes of the alliance, and links to resources developed by SAIA through the Alliance Program.

     

    3,111 Page Views - All SAIA Pages.

    2,111 Page Views - SAIA Home Page

    Product

    Rolling Towers/Mobile Scaffold: Inspection, Maintenance, and Use Tip Sheet

    SAIA developed a tip sheet for mobile/rolling tower scaffolding which provides employees in the construction industry with information for a worksite inspection along with a checklist for equipment inspection, maintenance and use. The products were posted to the SAIA Web site and linked to from the OSHA and SAIA Alliance Web page in August 2013.

    Fall Protection in Construction Data Not Available
    Product

    AWP Tip Sheets/Checklist for Jobsite Checklist, Pre-start Inspection, Fall Protection, Preparing for Transport, and Rescue Plans

    SAIA developed five tip sheets for Aerial Work Platforms which provide employees in the construction industry with information for a worksite inspection, a checklist for equipment inspection, the preparation for transport, required fall protection, and rescue plans.  The products were posted to the SAIA Web site and linked to from the OSHA and SAIA Alliance Web page in September 2013.

    Fall Protection in Construction Data Not Available
    Event

    2013 SAIA Aerial Work Platforms Webinar

    On December 12, 2013, Jim Dorris, United Rentals, VP Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability, gave a presentation entitled "Key Methods for Using Aerial Work Platform Equipment-A Review of Scaffold & Access Industry Association and OSHA Alliance Tip Sheets." The webinar focused on SAIA'sAerial Work Platforms Alliance developed products.

    Fall Protection

    127 Attendees

    4 OSHA Staff

    Other

    Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine, July/August 2013 Issue

    SAIA published twoarticles entitled "OSHA and SAIA Alliance Develop Rolling Towers/Mobile Scaffold Tip Sheet" and "Safety from All Sides."

    Fall Protection 10,000
    Other

    August 13, 2013: SAIA News Press Release

    SAIA published a press release entitled "OSHA and Scaffold & Access Industry Association Alliance Develop Rolling Towers/Mobile Scaffold: Inspection, Maintenance, and Use Tip Sheet."

    Fall Protection 10,200
    Other

    September 10, 2013: SAIA News Press Release

    SAIA published a press release entitled "OSHA and Scaffold & Access Industry Association Alliance Develop Five Tip Sheets for AWP Equipment."

    Fall Protection 10,200
    Other

    December 18, 2013: SAIA News Press Release

    SAIA published a press release entitled "OSHA renews alliance with Scaffold and Access Industry Association to protect workers from scaffold hazards."

    Alliance Program 10,200
     

    Outreach and Communication Goal 2: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SAIA's conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Speaker

    2013 SAIA Annual Conference and Exposition, July 21-24, 2013, Nashville, Tennessee

    Michelle Sotak, Safety Engineer, Region IV, Nashville, Tennessee Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "Walking/Working Surfaces Revisions."

    Tiffany Hines, Safety Engineer, Region IV, Nashville, Tennessee Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "Fall Protection & OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign 2013."

    Fall Protection

    438- Attendees

    200,000 - Video Views Recorded on Network

    Speaker

    2013 National Safety Council Congress and Exposition, September 30-October 2, 2013, Chicago, Illinois

    October 1, 2013, Kevin O'Shea, SAIA, participated on a panel presentation entitled "Best Practices for Fall Protection- AWPs and MCWPs."

    Fall Protection 35
    Speaker

    2013 SAIA Region V Fall Meeting, November 12, 2013, Cleveland, Ohio

    Scott D. Mahnke, Safety Specialist, Region V, Cleveland, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA. Gave a presentation entitled "General Requirements for OSHA Inspections and Competent Person."

      42
     

    Outreach and Communication Goal 3: 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.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Other

    SAIA's Support for OSHA's 2013 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Heat Illness Prevention, The theme was "Water. Rest. Shade."

    June 27, 2013, SAIA submitted an email blast to their members and affliates with OSHA's new resources for the "signs and symptoms" as well as information on how to "prevent heat stress illness." The email included links to OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Web page and links to the Bilingual Information Sheet/Portuguese Wallet Card.

    Heat Stress 7,425
    Other

    SAIA Developed and Submitted Information to OSHA Staff on Scaffolding Systems in the Maritime Industry

    In July 2013, SAIA developed and submitted a survey to their members, obtained information on scaffolding used for shipbuilding and repair, compiled results, and submitted the results to OSHA staff at the National Office.

      Data Not Available
    Other

    SAIA Provided Expertise on Regulations/Guidelines for Aerial Work Platform Used in a Boom Lift Incident Investigated by OSHA

    In August 2013, SAIA reviewed information provided from OSHA in an investigation on the specific scaffolding used for a boom lift that resulted in an incident. The SAIA representative/expertise compiled results and submitted to OSHA staff at the Regional Office.

      Data Not Applicable
     
    TOTAL     301,660
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and SAIA plan to undertake several additional projects through the Alliance to provide information, guidance and access to training resources on safety and health issues in the construction industry. For example, SAIA will complete and publish the Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Checklists/ Tip Sheets focusing on Safety Devices, Risk Assessment, and Selection of Proper Equipment. Through the Alliance, SIA will continue to conduct Best Practices Seminars on Mast Climbing Worker Platforms and AWPs.  SAIA will explore other venues for distribution of the training, such as webinars and social media. SAIA will also develop evaluation methods to determine the effectiveness of the training programs and their Alliance-developed products and submit their results to OSHA.

    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 2014 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), May 4-10, 2014, "Workplace Safety Works for Everyone."

    Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, February 26, 2014

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