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annual report Safety and Training CCIA’s Safety Committee represents more than 30 construction company safety directors and others with an interest in workplace and construction site safety. The committee meets monthly and membership is open to all CCIA members. In 2010, committee members delved into a number of regulatory, legislative, and programmatic issues that impact their ability to provide safer construction work sites. High on the list of regulatory issues was the new OSHA Crane and Derrick standard that took effect on November 8. The committee deliberated its impact for much of the Fall. The rule posed significant challenges to contractors and crane operators who were left to interpret new training rules and standards for operators, signal persons, and riggers. In its meetings, committee members assisted fellow members by sharing information about available trainers and resources to help contractors comply with the standards. The committee also discussed the new EPA Lead Paint RRP rules, which require contractors working on pre-1978 residential structures to train their workers on lead paint removal procedures and techniques. Considering the potential that the rule could impact non-residential contractors in time, the committee plans to offer training in 2011. The committee also considered OSHA revisions to the Outreach Training Program that limited training to a maximum of seven and a half hours per day, which will result in future OSHA 10-hour training classes being run in two days instead of one. The committee supported a bill in the 2010 session of the General Assembly that would have authorized employees who have completed an OSHA 10-hour construction safety training course more than five years before beginning work on most public construction projects to take a four-hour supplemental refresher training course that would be valid for three years, to enhance safety, allow work to continue uninterrupted on the job site and address a gap in the recently enacted law. While the bill did not pass, it is likely to be considered again in the 2011 legislative session. The committee also considered introducing a bill that would have required an applicant for a crane license to be familiar with the crane he intends to operate or show that he has received training commensurate with the complexity of the machine. While supporting its intent and purpose, the committee ultimately decided to postpone its introduction to a future session. The committee also continued its work in promoting work zone safety issues. In September, the committee met with Terri Thompson, ConnDOT’s coordinator of the Highway Work Zone Safety Advisory Council, to discuss the council’s efforts to adopt a highway work zone safety program curriculum, make it available, and recommend it to law enforcement agencies. Michael Woodin, safety and health manager for Tilcon Connecticut Inc., serves as CCIA’s representative to the council. The committee sponsored eight roundtables in 2010 on topics ranging from effective strategies in dealing with an OSHA inspection to managing the aftermath of a construction accident to a tour of the Travelers Claim University and Risk Control Lab. The roundtables are an opportunity for construction company safety personnel to discuss important, timely topics in an informal setting. CCIA also sponsored a variety of safety training programs for its members, from CPR/First Aid to Trenching & Excavation and Confined Space to OSHA 10-hour construction safety training. In addition, CCIA hosts online OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses via its website. In 2010, CCIA agreed to host the programs sponsored by the Region I OSHA Training Institute (OTI) and in exchange, CCIA members are offered a 25 percent discount from the published tuition rate. Through this arrangement, the following OTI programs will be offered: the 500, Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry; the 502, Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers; and the 510, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry. The work of the committee concluded in the annual presentation of the Safety Recognition Awards at the Holiday Reception and Annual Membership Meeting at the Aqua Turf Club in December. This year, a record 35 member companies received an award. The award is intended to recognize construction companies that have a safety program in place as well as the CONNstruction / Spring 2011 / 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2011

CONNstruction - Spring 2011
Contents
Banking on our Future
Innovative Alternative Methods to Finance Infrastructure Projects on the Horizon
Ahead: 2011 Labor Front
Industry Survey Reveals Contractors’ Guarded Outlook for the Future
Executive Summary
2010 Training, Educational Programs and Safety Roundtables
Safety and Training
Legislative and Government Relations
Government and Industry Related Groups
Labor Relations
Member Benefits and Services
2010 Officers and Board of Directors
2010 CCIA Divisions and Activities
Turner Construction Company – Saint Francis Hospital
Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc. – Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village
CCIA Annual Membership Meeting & Holiday Reception
CRBA Fall Dinner Meeting
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com

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