November 2014

“Iron Workers-IMPACT Safety Honors Program” Recognizes Members Making a Difference

As part of the 2014 ZERO Incident Campaign, the “Iron Workers-IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program” would like to recognize the following members who exhibited outstanding safety performance. The purpose of this program is to formally recognize our ironworkers and contractors who achieve outstanding safety performance on a bi-annual basis. Many complex projects throughout the United States and Canada 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. Contractors are encouraged during IMPACT regional advisory board meetings and other events to nominate ironworkers who have demonstrated outstanding safety performance or intervened on projects. “SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING.”

It is important to note that the “Iron Workers-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 criteria for the Iron Workers Safety Honors Program are not based on “OSHA recordable or reportable” workplace incidents that can be misrepresented or abused. This drawing included nominees from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. The following ironworkers will receive a $250 gift certificate in recognition for their efforts to increase safety performance in the workplace.

Ironworker Members Making a Difference
• Shaun Beck, foreman, Local 378 (Oakland, Calif.), nominated by Tom Goetz, president, Pacific Erectors, Inc.
• Chris Bisker, superintendent, Local 378, nominated by Ray Kitasoe, V.P. Engineering, ConXtech, Inc.
• Paul Enderlein, superintendent, Local 118 (Sacramento), nominated by David McEuen, president, California Erectors, Inc.
• William Fueglein, foreman, Local 416 (Los Angeles), nominated by Adam Fowler, safety officer, Harris Rebar
• Kip Lee, foreman, Local 118, nominated by David McEuen, president, California Erectors, Inc.
• Scott Mason, foreman, Local 118, nominated by 
• Joseph Standley, labor co-chair IMPACT RAB IX, and David McEuen, management co-chair RAB IX Joseph Platania, superintendent, Local 405 (Philadelphia), nominated by Joseph Merlino, vice president, BayShore Rebar, Inc.
• Rich Rafanan, foreman, Local 378, nominated by Tom Goetz, president, Pacific Erectors, Inc.
• Keith Swope, foreman, Local 401, nominated by Susan Dachowski, president, Northwest Erectors
• Terry Troutman, foreman, Local 416, nominated by Adam Fowler, safety officer, Harris Rebar
• Dan Williams, foreman, Local 37 (Providence, R.I.), nominated by Jeff Bostock, vice president, Construction Aetna Bridge Company

Nominations for the second half of 2014 will be accepted between July 1 and December 31, 2014 and the awards will be announced during the 2015 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference in Las Vegas. Additionally, the program features the “Project of the Year Award” to formally recognize a particular contractor and project for safety excellence. The Project of the Year Award is presented once per year and will be announced during the 2015 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference. The nomination period for the Project of the Year Award ends December 31, 2014.

The IMPACT co-chairs and trustees want to encourage all of our members and contractors to participate in the “Iron Workers-IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program” with the goal to prevent workplace fatalities and disabling injuries. All IMPACT signatory contractors throughout the United States and Canada are eligible to submit nominations of ironworkers who have made a difference in the field or shop. The “Iron Workers-IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program” is posted in the IMPACT website at www.impact-net.org for review, and for contractors to nominate a superintendent, foreman, and journeyman or apprentice ironworker who has achieved outstanding safety performance.

Q&As Regarding the Safety Honors Program

Q. Who is eligible to receive an award by this program?
A. All Iron Worker superintendents, foremen, journeymen and apprentices throughout the United States and Canada are eligible to be nominated for the Safety Honors Program.

Q. Who nominates ironworkers for this award and how are the nominations submitted?
A. All nominations must be submitted by an IMPACT signatory contractor using the IMPACT online application form that is posted on the IMPACT website at www.impact-net.org.

Q. When are the award drawings and what are the nomination periods? 
A. There are two drawings per year. The first drawing includes nominees from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Nominations for the second half of 2014 are between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Q. How many awards are drawn during each nomination period? 
A. A total of 10 superintendents/foremen and 10 journeymen/apprentice awards will be drawn from IMPACT’s 13 regional advisory boards for each six-month period that will provide 260 awards.

Q. What are the awards and amounts? 
A. The awards are a $250 gift certificate to a nationally recognized retail store that can be redeemed in many locations or online ordering.

Q. What are the eligibility requirements to be nominated by my employer? 
A. Nominees must have the following requirements to be eligible for the award drawing.
• Achieved zero injuries for the six-month period.
• Completed the United States OSHA 10 or applicable Canadian Provincial accreditations.
• Completed the United States OSHA 30 or applicable Canadian Provincial accreditations.
• Member must be “eligible” in the IMPACT Substance Abuse Program or equivalent Canadian program.

Q. Who are the IMPACT regional directors that I can contact in my area for more information? 
A. You may contact:
• Chuck Decker – IMPACT Midwest Regional Office, Phone: (314) 361-6910
• Bert Royer – IMPACT Canadian Office, Phone: (306) 536-0442
• James McGuire – IMPACT Western Regional Office, Phone: (714) 891-0004
• Mark Thomas – IMPACT Eastern Regional Office, Phone: (202) 679-6328

The International Association “2014 ZERO Incident” campaign commissioned by General President Walter Wise challenges all members to “See Something – Say Something,” to help recognize and avoid workplace hazards. As part of this campaign to raise safety awareness, the “Iron Workers-IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program” will recognize ironworkers throughout the United States and Canada who achieve outstanding safety performance. I will continue to work closely with district councils, local unions and IMPACT regional advisory boards throughout the United States and Canada to promote the 2014 campaign and help improve safety performance in the workplace. 

I would like to encourage you to visit the IMPACT website at www.impact-net.org to view the online nomination and submission form that provides information pertaining to the nomination process, eligibility requirements, program description, and evaluation criteria for nominating a superintendent, foreman, and journeyman or apprentice ironworker. There is also a nomination form for the “Project of the Year Award.” Please contact the IMPACT offices at (800) 545-4921 if you have any questions regarding the “Iron Workers-IMPACT North American Safety Honors Program” or the “Project of the Year Award.”

Congratulations to the ironworkers nominated for the Safety Honors Program, and special thanks to the contractors who nominated them.