Safety & Health
Director: David Mullen
REPORT OF OCCUPATIONAL INJURY, ILLNESS OR FATALITY - FORM 173
OSHA NATIONAL SAFETY STAND-DOWN TO PREVENT FALLS IN CONSTRUCTION
The OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction will take place the week of May 6-10, 2019.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention". Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer's trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.
How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down
Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime.
Certificate of Participation
Employers will be able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.
Share Your Story With Us
If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on how we can improve future initiatives like this, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.
2019 Spring IBEW Safety Caucus
The 2019 Spring IBEW Safety Caucus registration is now open through the Local Connections portion of the ibew.org website.
The Caucus is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza located at 401 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, MO.
Safety issues and initiatives important to IBEW members from all trade jurisdictions will be discussed.
Cut-off date for caucus registration is Friday April 12, 2019. Registration fee for the caucus is $50.00 per attendee.
Delegates are responsible for their own hotel reservations. The hotel cut-off date is Monday April 8, 2019. Reservations made be made online at InterContinentalKansasCity. When making online reservations, please select "Book Now", enter your dates, and click on "search".
The group code NSC will automatically be inserted and populate the room rate of $149.00 single or double occupancy, plus tax.
If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, please call (866) 856-9717 and mention the group code "NSC and IBEW Conference" to receive the negotiated room rate.
The National Safety Council (NSC) Labor Division Spring Meeting will be held Saturday April 27, 2019 through Wednesday May 1, 2019 at the same location.
Please note the NSC Labor Meeting requires a separate registration fee of $175 and is a separate meeting from the IBEW Safety Caucus.
Delegates to the IBEW Safety Caucus are not required to attend the NSC Meeting, however, beginning with the 32nd International Convention delegates have unanimously passed resolutions in support of the NSC. Please contact the NSC for registration and any questions regarding their meeting at email@example.com
Any questions or concerns related to the IBEW Safety Caucus, please contact Safety & Health Director David Mullen @ (202) 728-6040 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.