Safety & Health
Director: David Mullen
REPORT OF OCCUPATIONAL INJURY, ILLNESS OR FATALITY - FORM 173
OSHA Renews Strategic Electrical Transmission and Distribution Partnership Agreement
On October 30, 2018 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed a national strategic partnership agreement with the Electrical Transmission and Distribution (ET&D) Construction Contractors; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); and related trade associations to protect the safety and health of line workers, and other electrical transmission and distribution industry workers.
The partnership has expanded and achieved several goals since the original 2004 agreement, including reducing the number of fatalities; providing an ET&D industry-specific OSHA training course for line workers, industry supervisors, and leadership; developing 14 best practices to reduce the frequency of hazardous incidents; creating a safety video and a mobile app featuring the best practices, industry updates, and other topics; and establishing a national Electrical Safety Stand Down.
“Through this long-term partnership, OSHA and ET&D have made a positive impact related to the safety and health of more than two million electrical workers. Most importantly, this partnership is identifying and addressing hazards that lead to injuries and fatalities among electrical workers,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “With this renewed agreement, we will continue to develop and implement training resources that promote safe and healthful working conditions.”
Members of the partnership include Aldridge Electric, Inc., Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC, Davis H. Elliot Company, Inc., Edison Electric Institute, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, The Goldfield Corporation, Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc., MasTec, Inc., MDU Construction Services Group, Inc., Michels Corporation, MYR Group, Inc., National Electrical Contractors Association, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, PLH Group, Pike Electric, LLC, and Quanta Services, Inc.
Through the Strategic Partnership Program, OSHA works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.
A 4th IBEW Life Saving Award Announced
International President Lonnie Stephenson is pleased to announce a 4th IBEW Life Saving Award.
For many years, our Brotherhood has been extremely proud of the many members who have performed the most noble of all services – the saving of a human life. Many of our members have prepared themselves for such an emergency by taking first-aid and safety training courses.
The IBEW recognizes those that perform this honorable act with the IBEW Life Saving Award. Traditionally only two types of awards have been given. A third category was added recently to recognize a non-member who saved the life of an IBEW member.
The 4th Award for an applicant to become an IBEW member has been created. An applicant is defined as a person working under an IBEW collective bargaining agreement and is in the process of becoming an IBEW member will be recognized for their efforts in saving the life of a fellow human being. This award will be presented to recognize the applicant who, by direct personal involvement, saves the life of a fellow human being.
Although here is no formal application for an IBEW Life Saving Award, all nominations shall be submitted by the president or business manager of the candidate’s local union, or in the case of the Non-Member Award, the local union of the member whose life was saved. A letter complying with the following items is the only requirement for the submission for an award.
Please click on the Life Saving Award Process PDF icon in the upper right corner of this page for the nominating process and criteria for each of the three IBEW Life Saving Awards.
IBEW opposes OSHA's rollback of the Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule
OSHA announced a proposed rule to rescind their current requirements that establishments with 250 or more employees electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 & 301. OSHA's rationale for this action is employee privacy. The IBEW appreciates the concern regarding worker privacy, but believes it is a veiled attempt at protecting employers.
Therefore in a letter to OSHA, the IBEW has offered two reasonable alternatives. First, the IBEW suggest removing Employee's names from OSHA Form 300, while leaving that information on the OSHA 300 logs at the workplace. Second, mirror the Mine Safety and Health Administration's Mine Data Retrieval System to allow public accessibility to data regarding injuries and illnesses.
The IBEW asks OSHA for this consideration rather than rescinding the requirement that Forms 300 & 301 be submitted and made electronically available.
You can read the entire letter submitted to OSHA by the IBEW here.
About the IBEW Safety Caucus:
The IBEW convenes an exclusive IBEW only safety caucus twice yearly. Both meetings are held in conjunction with the National Safety Council Labor Division’s regularly scheduled meetings - first in the spring, and again in the fall. The spring meeting program is set for one and a half days, and because of time constraints the fall meeting program is scheduled for one day. The safety caucus provides the 150-plus IBEW members that regularly attend the caucus necessary time to discuss issues that are critical in furthering occupational safety and health for IBEW members.
International President Stephenson continues to affirm the commitment from his office to the future of the caucus, and directs delegates to align their focus toward an advisory role to the international office on safety matters affecting IBEW members.
For more information about the meetings or the NSC, you may contact IBEW Safety Director David Mullen at 202-728-6040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Safety & Health Department:
The Safety and Health Department is assigned responsibilities related to safety and health involving all trade jurisdictions of the IBEW. The department’s primary focus is occupational safety, although home, community, and personal safety and health issues frequently require departmental attention.
Local unions are required to report serious lost time accidents and fatalities using the web based accident reporting system.