Submitted by:  Jimmy Burgin, AEU Senior Vice President and Director of Loss Control


The AEU Safety Committee recently concluded another successful meeting, which was held on October 11-12, 2011 at the Renaissance Battle House Hotel in Mobile,Alabama.  This was the largest AEU Safety Committee meeting to date with 86 attendees, and many ALMA members sent representatives for the first time.  The meeting was chaired by Steve Morris, AEU Senior Loss Control Representative.   

Mike Haughton, Director of Safety with Gulf Copper and Manufacturing discussed recent initiatives at his shipyard.  He focused on Supervisor training/mentoring, job risk assessments, behavior improvement, audits and safety program metrics.

Mona Dixon, Director of Safety at V.T. Halter Marine covered Recordkeeping requirements of OSHA.  She highlighted requirements for recording injuries for contract labor at shipyards and stevedoring firms.  

Chris Blankenfeld, HSE Director at Austal USA discussed leading and lagging indicators for measuring safety performance. 

Shipyard and marine cargo handling sub-committees also met.  The shipyard sub-committee listed leading indicators specific to shipyards, and shipyard safety training programs.  The marine cargo handling sub-committee discussed safety steering committee, leading indicators in marine cargo handling, recent fall injuries, the outcome of an important OSHA case involving shipboard gantry cranes and the sub-committee viewed a safety program for over-the-road trucks at marine terminals.

Pat Killeen, HSE Director at Signal International provided an update on his work with the Environmental Panel of the National Shipbuilding Research Program.  He pointed out that there is funding from grants to shipyard research programs and recent findings with hexavalent chromium. is the organization’s website. 

AEU Loss Control Representative Carl Halgren discussed OSHA’s enforcement of certain provision of 29 CFR 1915 Subpart F, specifically provisions for lockout/tags-plus.   Mr. Halgren also pointed the committee to new shipyard and longshoring fact sheets that are on  

The Committee’s next meeting is April 11-12, 2012 in San Diego,California.

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