Safety & Health

Director: David Mullen

202 -728-6040
safety@ibew.org

                        REPORT OF OCCUPATIONAL INJURY, ILLNESS OR FATALITY - FORM 173

Registration is open for the 2019 Fall IBEW Safety Caucus

The 2019 IBEW Safety Caucus Fall Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside located at 1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, California.  Safety issues and initiatives important to IBEW members from all trade jurisdictions will be discussed during the caucus and all local unions are encouraged to send delegates.  Online registration is available through Local Connections.  The cut-off date for caucus registration is Friday, August 23.  The registration fee for the caucus is $50.00 per person. 

The hotel cut-off date is Friday, July 12.  Reservations may be made online at https://compass.onpeak.com/e/50NSC19/1.  Be sure to select “Labor” from the dropdown menu and use the password “NSC2019Labor” to reserve your room at the negotiated rate of $209 per night, single or double occupancy, plus tax.  Reservations may also be made by calling onPeak Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time at (866) 575-4156.  To receive the negotiated room rate, be sure to indicate you are booking with the labor block at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside for the NSC Congress and Expo. 

The National Safety Council (NSC) Labor Division Fall Meeting will be held Friday, September 6, 2019, through Sunday, September 8, 2019, also at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside.  Please note the NSC requires a separate registration fee of $250.00 and is a separate meeting from the IBEW Safety Caucus.  Online registration is available at NSC 2019 Congress & Expo.  Be sure to select “Register with a member number” from the dropdown and enter the membership number “240255” when registering for the meeting.  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 recommending that all local unions join and support the NSC.  Please contact the NSC for questions regarding the meeting and its registration at labordivision@nsc.org.

 Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Safety & Health Department Director David Mullen at (202) 728-6040 or by email to safety@ibew.org


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 oshastanddown@dol.gov. Also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.


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 david_mullen@ibew.org. 


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.


 

                                            

Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness
Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness