In March 2008, the Anchorage Area Office and Seattle Regional Office in OSHA’s
Region X entered into an OSHA Strategic Partnership with Crowley Petroleum
Distribution, Alaska and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4959. This is the
first partnership in Region X that targets occupational injuries and illnesses
at marine terminals and seeks to achieve safe workplaces at Alaska’s marine
terminals. By entering into this collaborative relationship, the partners
benefit from strong support and participation from both USW Local 4959 and
Crowley Petroleum Distribution.
Reduced Injuries and Illnesses - 570
Days Without Lost Time Incident
At the beginning of the partnership, the safety and health management systems of
Crowley Petroleum Distribution’s Bethel and the Nome terminal operations were
evaluated as to their effectiveness in addressing occupational safety and health
issues. OSHA, Crowley Petroleum Distribution and USW Local 4959 subsequently
worked together to develop strategies, goals, and performance measures to
address occupational safety and health issues in Alaska’s marine terminal
Workers and supervisors at the terminals were trained in how to recognize
occupational safety and health hazards and what actions to take to eliminate
those hazards. As a result, during October 2009, the Bethel terminal operations
celebrated a record 570 days without a lost time incident.
The Lost Workday Injury Rate (LWDI), now known as the Days Away, Restricted, or
Transferred (DART) rate for the Bethel terminal was reduced from 9.2 in 2008 to
zero in 2009. Similarly, the Nome terminal maintained its DART at zero in 2009.
Both the Bethel and Nome sites have benefited from increased safety hazard
recognition training, and have, in turn, passed on their best practices to other
Crowley Petroleum Distribution marine terminal locations.
Crowley Petroleum Distribution and the USW Local 4959, have proven to be
dedicated partners in their quest to improve worker safety and health for
workers and union members. Workers, union representatives and management have
all expressed their appreciation to OSHA for the increased knowledge, awareness
and cooperative spirit which developed through the partnership.
As a result of the successes of this partnership, OSHA and Crowley Petroleum
Distribution are exploring ways to extend the successes to Crowley’s Nenana, AK
and Kotzebue, AK terminal operations in 2010.
The partnership specifically focuses on improving the
safety and health management systems and reducing lost time injuries to the
workers at Crowley Petroleum Distribution, Alaska’s Bethel and Nome marine
Origin: Region X, Anchorage Area Office
Partners: OSHA Region X Anchorage Area Office, Crowley
Petroleum Distribution, Alaska; United Steel Workers Local 4959
Partnership Signed: March 25, 2008
Marine Cargo Handling (SIC 4491)
Source and Date: Colleen Darrell, CSHO, Anchorage Area
Office and Mike Bonkowski, CAS, Seattle Regional Office, November 20, 2009.