June 06, 2016

District 2 members participate in two ‘safety days’ at the conference

Steve Doherty Program Coordinator, USW Tony Mazzocchi Center

USW District 2 conference "safety days"The United Steelworkers (USW) District 2 spring conference kicked off with two “safety days.” The theme of this year‘s classes focused on identifying hazards and conditions that led to, or that could have been addressed to, prevent an injury or exposure to our members.

The 16 hours of the Incident Investigation class was facilitated by USW Local Union 213 members Frank Helebrant and Russ Lardinois, along with TMC Program Administrator John Scardella. The members in attendance worked on “logic tree diagramming” to identify the root causes of an incident. All too often workers are disciplined without the root causes being identified and eliminated or mitigated.
A class on Near-Miss Investigation was facilitated by Local Union 482 member Steve Godin, and Local Union 213 member Dennis Delie. How many near-misses go unreported or become an accepted practice that eventually leads to injury or exposure? This course helps bring this question to the surface.

A third class developed in the USW‘s Triangle of Prevention (TOP) program titled “Mapping the History of an Incident,” allowed members to look at the “indicators” that if addressed could have prevented the injury from occurring. Delie, Lardinois and TMC Program Coordinator Steve Doherty facilitated this class. Examples include but are not limited to a near-miss (reported or unreported), a work order that was never completed, previous reports of strains or first aid, leaks and exposures, upset conditions, and many other factors eventually leading to injury or illness to our members. Reinforcing the importance of the role of a strong local union safety committee in the success of the labor-management committee at each site was also discussed.

“The District 2 safety days are important for local [union] leaders to strengthen their local safety efforts, be a stronger voice in their facility’s labor-management committee, and develop more meaningful worker participation within their membership to bring the concerns off the shop floor so the hazards can be fixed,” Doherty said.

Training reported in this publication is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number U45ES006175. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIEHS, NIH.

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