The Central Ohio Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Unions 683 and 1105
formed their second OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) to promote a safe and
healthful work environment for all electrical construction and maintenance
industry workers. The OSP improved participants’ safety and health management
systems (SHMS) by utilizing the industry’s latest technology, innovations, and
best practices available. It also focused on the development and delivery of
safety and health training within the industry. There were 11 employers who
participated in the OSP covering close to 2,900 employees. The OSP was
successfully concluded in September 2008. A new NECA-IBEW OSP was signed in
OSP Meets Key Goal to Increase Safety Training
During the last year of the OSP, over 425 non-management employees and 25
supervisors/managers received over 5,300 hours of safety training. These
sessions were conducted by OSHA and non-OSHA staffs and included:
- OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses;
- Tool and shop box talks;
- Speeches given by various participants’ safety directors on best industry practices;
- Safe Work Practices, NFPA 70E requirements (incorporated into the Local Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Program at the Electrical Trades
- OSP outreach and promotion;
- Two-hour jobsite specific orientation; and
- Electrical Safety Training presented at Ohio State University’s Safety Day.
OSHA representatives spoke daily on construction safety and assisted
Electrical Trades Center trainers with training OSP participants on Electrical
Safe Work Practices, NFPA 70E. In addition, the Electrical Trades Center
invited OSHA to use their facility where OSHA staff provided information to
OSP participants on VPP in Construction.
Due to the success of the OSP, there has been a steady growth of qualified
contractors showing interest in the OSP. Safety directors have commented that
there has been an increase in safety questions that are coming from the field,
and that customers of partnering contractors have a much greater general
awareness of NFPA 70 E and Electrical Safety.
Another successful benefit resulting from the OSP has been the continued
training and outreach directed toward secondary school students enrolled in an
accredited electrical trades program (youth workers). The Electrical Trades
Center hosted a week-long training session for students and continues to
conduct training sessions in electrical safe work practices and NFPA 70E for
instructors and their students at five career-technical high schools.
Injury and Illness Rates Decline - Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and the
Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) Rate
Over the past three years of the OSP, both the TCIR and DART rate decreased
steadily, attaining their key OSP goal of decreasing injury and illness rates.
The OSP’s average TCIR between 2006 and 2008 was 32 percent below the Bureau
of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) national average for construction, and its DART
rate 54 percent below BLS. The below table presents the OSP’s injury and
illness rates between 2006 and 2008:
|OSP’s 3-Year Average
|BLS Industry National Average (2007)
|Percentage Below BLS National Average
Other Benefits Resulting from the OSP
As a result of the OSP, three participants decided to apply for OSHA’s Voluntary
Protection Programs (VPP). Also through this OSP, contracting members said that
they have found the value of conducting self-inspections which are conducted by
employers and employees. The OSP participants commented that these
self-inspections have helped raise the safety awareness level on the jobsites
and keep safety and health on everyone’s mind. Participants also commented that
as a result of participating in the OSP, they now have an increased opportunity
to bid work attributed to the required NFPA 70E training.
The key objectives of the OSP are to: implement safety and health management
systems (SHMS); reduce worksite injuries and illnesses by addressing key
industry hazards (falls, electrocution, caught-between, struck-by, and energy
part exposure); and offer and conduct safety training for employers and
employees to help them properly identify and abate hazards.
Origin: Region V, Columbus Area Office
Partners: Central Ohio Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Unions 683 and
1105, Atlas Industrial Electric, Charles Brown Electric, Dynalectric Company of
Ohio, Holland Electric, Knight Electric Co., Mid-City Electric, Roberts
Electrical Construction Company, Royal Electric Construction Corp.
Partnership Signed: June 9, 2006
Industry (NAICS Code): Construction (238210)
Source/Date: Howard Eberts, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus Area
Office; Deborah Zubaty, Assistant Director, Columbus Area Office; James C.
Dillard, Chicago Regional Office / July 2009