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NCCER Publications

 Program Implementation GuideProgram Implementation Guide
  Published By NCCER
  September 2016


  Best Practice Profiles
  Published By NCCER
  Dec. 5, 2013


  NCCER CTE Summary
  Published By NCCER
  Revised: March 2016


NCCER National Safety Committee Update

September 27 – 28, 2016 Meeting Highlights

OSHA Update – Dean McKenzie (OSHA Directorate of Construction)
Dean presented a slide of Construction Industry Statistics from OSHA, including the following data:

  • 90% of construction employers have 20 or less employees
  • The industry has very high employment turnover rates
  • Most worksites are multi-employer worksites
  • 50.5% of OSHA compliance inspections come from the construction industry (3 year average, FY13-15)

Dean shared the Top Ten Most Frequently Cited Construction Violations in 2015:

  1. Duty to have fall protection
  2. Scaffolding
  3.  Ladders
  4. Fall protection training
  5. Eye and Face protection
  6. Head protection
  7. General safety/health
  8. Aerial lifts
  9. Excavations
  10. Fall protection systems criteria and practices

Best Practices Share Presentations
Lance Simons (The Haskell Company) presented  on safety metrics and data collection.  His presentation focused on Haskell’s implementation of Safety Net data and how to more effectively use safety analytics to improve communication and processes.

Ralph Riley (S&B Engineers & Constructors, Ltd.) gave a presented entitled “Continuous Improvement as a Mobile Workforce Company,” which focused on the evolution of S&B’s internal safety initiatives over the past decade and the implementation of a proprietary behavioral-based observation program.

Scott Leonard (Willis Towers Watson) presented on the influence of data and analytics on insurance rates and terms for contractors.  Scott’s presentation emphasized the concept that contractors should strive to better understand the meaning behind safety metrics and take a proactive approach to educating their insurance carriers about the efforts the contractor is making to mitigate risk.

Drone Research Study – Dr. Masoud Gheisari (UF Rinker School of Construction Management)

Dr. Gheisari is the Director of the Human-Centered Technology in Construction (HCTC) Lab at the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Construction Management.  Dr. Gheisari shared his findings as to how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can be utilized in construction applications:

  1. Access to difficult or unsafe areas
  2. Time
  3. Cost
  4. Safety
  5. Inspection

Dr. Gheisari overviewed his research study on the use of drones in construction safety, or “UAS4Safety”:

  • Identified 16 hazardous situations or safety-related activities
  • Reviewed the list of highest frequency situations
  • From this, they identified UAS technical features that would help improve these activities
  • Also looked at how frequently UAS would be used and other variables that would impact users and what type of UAS would be best for the type of application intended
  • Captured qualitative comments made by survey participants that were beyond the scope of this research project and are topics for future research

Other News and Highlights

September 1 2016: Please join us in extending congratulations to our very own Dean McKenzie for being selected as director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction. The official announcement posted on September 1st.

July 18, 2016: Long-time Safety Committee member, Ron Sokol was appointed by Labor Secretary Perez to serve as the Public Representative on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).  There are only two public spots.

Pipeline Users Council Updates

April 14 – 15, 2016 Meeting Highlights:

  • PHMSA presentations:
    • Dr. Christie Murray presented on the Excavator Enforcement Rule which went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, requiring states to meet the minimum criteria set forth by PHMSA.
    • Cameron Satterthwaite presented on the new proposed rule on Operator Qualification and Cost Recovery. Final verbiage of the rule to be determined at public advisory committee meetings June 2nd.
  • API OQ Workgroup presentation:
    • Mike Courville gave the API OQ Workgroup update on development of new covered tasks and annexes to assist operators and contractors with their compliance efforts.
  • Committee members participated in break out groups and gave presentations on:
    • Recommended annex to NCCER’s Performance Evaluator Program
    • NCCER program alignment with latest regulations
    • Alignment of NCCER programs and services to pipeline customer expectations

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