Advisory Committee on Construction Safety & Health Health Hazard, Emerging Issues & Prevention through Design Work Group Report
December 3, 2014
USDOL Washington, DC
ACCSH Members Present: Dr. Christine Branche Director, Office of Construction Safety & Health NIOSH
Charles Stribling OSH Federal State Coordinator Kentucky Labor Cabinet
Donald Pratt President & CEO Construction Education & Consultation Services of Michigan
Steven Hawkins Administrator Tennessee OSHA
George Kennedy, of the National Utility Contractors Assoc., described the hazards associated with horizontal directional drilling. The presentation was requested, given that problems experienced with directional drilling seem to be outpacing regulations (standards?)
During our discussion, key issues emerged concerning the locator (e.g., the contractor tasked with locating existing utility lines before drilling or digging commences.
The discussion closed with the work group and guests agreeing on the following:
- Locaters need better training
- Better and more detailed maps are needed for existing utility lines
- Utility companies should step up to their responsibilities
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The work group had a brief discussion on construction focus for health hazards.
Questions emerged on how focus for health could become confused with construction focus for safety. We agreed that marketing this will need to proceed carefully. We discussed briefly also what the four health topics would be, but no decisions were made.