December 2013

2013 Look-Back on Ironworker Achievements in Safety and Health

State OSHA Plans Receive Petitions to Adopt New ANSI Safety Standards for Reinforcing Steel & Post-Tensioning Operations

General President Walter Wise issued a formal petition to four OSHA-approved state plans to adopt the new ANSI A10.9 Safety Standards for reinforcing steel and post-tensioning operations. States that operate under the provisions of OSHA-approved state plans can adopt safety and health standards without waiting for federal OSHA to pursue new standards. California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan are among the first states that the International Association has targeted to adopt new safety standards to help protect our reinforcing ironworkers. On September 19, 2013, the first petition was submitted to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standard Board by some of the industry coalition of reinforcing steel stake-holders including representatives from the Iron Workers International, IMPACT, National Association of Reinforcing Steel Contractors, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Post Tensioning Institute, Western Steel Council, Department of Reinforcing Ironworkers Advisory Committee and the Center for Construction Research and Training.

Local 97 Achieves No Loss-Time Injuries on Highland Valley Copper Project

One of the many successful projects was the Copper Valley Mine project located in British Columbia. Driver Iron and ironworkers from Local 97 (Vancouver, British Columbia) made the Highland Valley Copper project a safety success. Since the beginning of the project in June of 2012, ironworkers have performed many difficult steel erection and rigging activities without incurring a single loss-time incident. On May 23, 2013, Darrell LaBoucan, director of Canadian affairs and general vice president, along with James Leland, business manager of Local 97, and Steve Rank, participated in a jobsite visit facilitated by Vawn Jeddry, vice president, health, safety and environment with Driver Iron and project representatives and Local 97 members. Local 97 members met and discussed current and upcoming projects, training and development opportunities and the Driver Iron Risk Tolerance Factors. Brad Thompson, project manager for Flour Canada, commended the ironworkers and stated, “We have not had any problems with the Iron Workers, we just need more of them.” Congratulations to Driver Iron and all the ironworkers from Local 97, who are making the Highland Valley Copper project a safety success.

First Drawing of the Ironworkers—IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program Recognizes 17 Ironworkers

During the 29th Annual Ironworker Instructors Training Program, the IMPACT labor-management co-chairs and trustees convened a meeting to recognize members nominated by employers for the “Ironworkers-IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program” and held the first drawing to recognize 17 ironworker nominees who exhibited outstanding safety performance on projects and shops. The ironworkers received a $250 gift certificate in recognition for their efforts to increase safety performance in the workplace.
Many complex projects are completed on time, on budget, with outstanding safety performance. However, in many cases these efforts remain unnoticed to project owners, regulatory agencies, insurance carriers, and others in the construction industry.
The “Ironworkers-IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program” is not a safety incentive program, but rather a special program designed to recognize and honor members for utilizing their training and skill to increase safety performance in the workplace. The next drawing is from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 and will include up to 260 nominees from the13 IMPACT regional advisory boards.

As the 2013 year ends, we are committed to achieving “Zero Fatalities in 2014” and will unveil new a campaign for shop ironworkers that will challenge all members to intervene and prevent unsafe conditions and unsafe acts in the shop workplace.