Raising The Standard of Safety Performance Throughout the United States and Canada
Effective August 1, 2011 General President Wise appointed me to the position of Executive Director of Safety and Health to raise the standard of safety performance for our members throughout the United States and Canada. I appreciate this opportunity to serve our members and will work closely with the District Councils, local unions, and IMPACT to address safety and health issues, and implement new initiatives to help prevent workplace fatalities and disabling injuries. I am a member of Ironworkers Local 10 Kansas City, Missouri and grateful for the apprenticeship training and work experience I received during my time in the field.
In 1994 I was appointed to the Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (SENRAC) to help draft new safety standards for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Subpart R – Steel Erection Standard. During this rulemaking process I worked with representatives of the Iron Workers International to review 673 fatality reports provided by OSHA. These reports revealed the causation factors of many fatalities during the steel erection process that later resulted in new OSHA standards designed to protect our members. However, not included in these OSHA fatality reports and statistics are the untold stories of emotional and financial hardships incurred by family members and friends left behind.
It is important for our members to know that General President Wise, General Secretary Dean, and General Treasurer McHugh are committed to the safety and health of our members. I have accompanied the General Officers to several meetings with the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and Agency officials to address current Compliance Directives pertaining to steel erection, and pursue new safety standards for reinforcing steel industry. The International Association
and stakeholders representing the reinforcing steel and post-tensioning industry have petitioned the Agency to pursue a new OSHA standard to address serious hazards in the reinforcing steel industry.
I want to make every effort to participate in District Council meetings, local union meetings, and IMPACT Regional Advisory Board meetings throughout the United States and Canada to identify any safety and health issues that warrant our attention. There is a variety of safety issues that often arise on projects within the District Councils and State OSHA Plans throughout the country. These issues involving project owners and special contract safety requirements may require individual focus and attention to prevent incidents and/or costly jobsite delays.
With the support and resources of President Wise, the Safety and Health Department is launching many new initiatives that are designed to produce measurable results for protecting our members.
I want to congratulate you on your new position to serve our members at your local union and I look forward to devoting my efforts to raising the standard of safety performance for our members throughout the United States and Canada. I appreciate this opportunity to serve our members and will work closely with the District Councils and local unions to address safety and health issues, and implement new initiatives to help prevent workplace fatalities and disabling injuries.
Steven L. Rank
Executive Director of Safety and Health
Iron Workers International