Issue: The AEU Safety Committee

Safety Comm April 2012AEU has just wrapped up its latest Safety Committee meeting, the most recent in a series of remarkably successful and effective semi-annual meetings.  Here is a news item that AEU released:

“The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) held its semi-annual Safety Committee meeting for brokers and members of the American Longshore Mutual Association (ALMA) on April 11-12, 2012, in San Diego.  The Conference, chaired by Steve Morris, Senior AEU Loss Control Manager, consisted of in-depth discussions of the latest safety issues facing shipyards, marine terminals, stevedores, and other maritime employers.  Topics included Management Leadership, Facility Inspection Processes, Strain Injury Prevention, Recent OSHA Investigation Findings and Member Safety Reviews.  Presenters included Pat Killeen of Signal International, Leonardo Alaniz of Keppel AmFELS, Tim Sheppard of Cooper/T. Smith Corporation, and Patrice Hill of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.  Guest lectures were delivered by Dr. Steve Simon, President, Culture Change Consultants, and renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Thomas London.  Nearly seventy maritime industry safety professionals attended this latest AEU maritime industry safety forum.”

The meetings are educational and entertaining opportunities for safety professionals to share information and experiences and to keep up on the latest developments in their field. 

The entertainment features of the meeting began on a high note with a private party at Petco Park for a San Diego Padres baseball game and then dinner the next night at Rock Bottom in San Diego’s Gas Lamp District.

The professional high note for the meeting was the release of AEU’s Strain Injury Prevention Guide.  The purpose of the Guide is to provide ALMA members with information on the prevention of strain injuries.  Strain injuries were targeted because of their prevalence in the maritime industry, their high costs in workers’ compensation insurance, medical treatment, and rehabilitation, and high cost in worker turnover and loss of productivity.

The guest lectures were also highlights of the meeting, including an entertaining presentation by Dr. Steven I. Simon on “Achieving a World Class Safety Culture” and an interesting and informative presentation by elite orthopedic surgeon Dr. James T. London, entitled “Strain-Sprain Injuries and Their Prevention”.  As always, the member safety reviews were especially relevant.

The shipyard and marine cargo handling sub-committees continued the practice of separate breakout sessions for specialized discussions. 

The Committee’s next meeting is tentatively scheduled for October 2012 at a location to be determined, most likely New Orleans. 

 

AEU SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD

 

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.   www.nsrp.org 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 OSHA.gov.  

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

Another Successful AEU Safety Committee Meeting

 

Submitted by:  Jimmy Burgin, Senior VP and Director of Loss Control for AEU

The AEU Safety Committee held its thirteenth meeting April 6 – 7, 2011 at the Charleston Historic District Embassy Suites in Charleston, South Carolina.  It was chaired by Mr. Steve Morris, AEU Senior Loss Control Manager.  The meeting was the most well attended of any AEU Safety Committee meeting, which is an indication of how valuable the Committee is to ALMA members.   

The Committee is working on a strain injury prevention safety guidance document for ALMA members.  The Committee reviewed a draft of the document and offered practical tip on prevention of strain injuries in their operations.   Next, Raphael Barrera with Esco Marine and Darren Warren with ICS Logistics provided updates of successful safety programs in place at their companies. 

The Longshore claims section focused on multi-employer worksites.  The discussion was presented in a live skit written by AEU Senior Vice President, Jack Martone.  The skit highlighted steps employers should take to guard against Longshore claims from employees of sub-contractors working at their facility.   

Roy Martin from Jeffboat and Mona Dixon from VT Halter Marine reported on recent OSHA inspections at their shipyards.  Both speakers shared information learned from their experience with the OSHA inspection process.

Elizabeth Luzuriaga and Kevin Mims from the law firm Luzuriaga Mims, LLP discussed occupational exposure claims and how safety professionals in marine cargo handling firms and shipyards can minimize risk. 

 The Shipyard and Marine Cargo Handling Sub-committees met the remainder of the afternoon.  Both had productive break-out sessions.

SHIPYARD SUB-COMMITTEE

  • Shipyard Tool Box Safety Meetings
  • Shipyard Small Business Plan
  • Safe Ship Fitting Practices
  • OSHA Inspections in Shipyards
  • Bridging Documents between Shipyard Labor Providers and the Primary Shipyard Contractor

MARINE CARGO HANDLING SUBCOMMITTEE

  • Gangway Talks for Marine Cargo Handling
  • OSHA Inspections in Marine Cargo Handling
  • Job Observation Forms for Stevedoring
  • Forklift and Yard Tractor Inspection Program
  • Stevedoring Safety Scoring System
  • AEU Terminal Traffic Safety Program

To conclude the meeting, Chairman Morris thanked everyone for participating and reminded the committee to submit ideas for the next AEU Safety Committee Meeting.  We look forward to the next committee meeting, which will be held October 11 – 12, 2011 in Mobile, Alabama.

Safety in Seattle

Submitted by: Jimmy Burgin, Senior VP and Director of Loss Control for AEU

The AEU Safety Committee held its twelfth meeting October 6 – 7, 2010 in Seattle and was chaired by Mr. Steve Morris, AEU Senior Loss Control Manager.  The meeting was the most well attended of any AEU Safety Committee, which is an indication of how valuable the committee is to ALMA members.   

AEU President & CEO Mike Lapeyrouse opened the meeting with a discussion of why companies must have good loss control programs and how loss control contributes to AEU’s success.   Mr. Matt Mayon, Safety Manager with Conrad Industries, gave the committee some insight into the Conrad Safety Steering Committee program and the successes the company has made.  Mr. Mayon urged ALMA members to implement this effective tool to build accountability into the safety process.   AEU Senior Vice President Larry Kangas discussed how coaching and counseling skills should be used to build safety culture at an organization.  

Next, the committee participated in an open panel on USL&H claims management.  Sitting on the panel were AERS Branch Manager, Will Scheffler and Senior Vice Presidents, Jack Martone and Donna Long.  The panel covered “Permanent Partial Disability and the Employer’s Burden to Show Suitable Alternative Employment”.  

Following a lunch provided by AEU, the committee was informed about recent issues in maritime crane safety.   Mr. Mike Parnell, a recognized industry expert in cranes and President of Industrial Training International, gave this interesting presentation.  He opined that OSHA’s new crane and derricks standard in the construction industry will not be carried over to maritime cranes.   He also discussed the proximate cause of several major crane related failures.  AEU’s Carl Halgren informed the group of OSHA’s new penalty structure, which means that if OSHA finds safety violations, employer penalties will be higher than previous amounts.   The Shipyard and Marine Cargo Handling Sub-committees met the remainder of the afternoon.  Both had productive break-out sessions.

SHIPYARD SUB-COMMITTEE

  • Shipyard Tool Box Safety Meetings
  • Shipyard Small Business Plan
  • Safe Ship Fitting Practices
  • OSHA Inspections in Shipyards
  • Bridging Documents between Shipyard Labor Providers and the Primary Shipyard Contractor

MARINE CARGO HANDLING SUBCOMMITTEE

  • Gangway Talks for Marine Cargo Handling
  • Review of OSHA’s RoRo Safety Guidance Document
  • OSHA Inspections in Marine Cargo Handling
  • Safety Committee Structure in Marine Cargo Handling
  • Marine Cargo Handling Small Business Plan

The second day of the meeting began with a presentation from T.C. Kurtz of Check-6 Safety Systems, who is also an ALMA member.   Mr. Kurtz outlined how his company is bringing critical behavior issues into the oil and gas industry.   Chairman Morris provided the committee with a copy of AEU’s Strain Injury Prevention program and asked the committee to write a guidance document on strain injury prevention. 

For the final meeting presentation, ALMA member Hitrak Staffing, Inc.’s Dr. Paul Friedman discussed best methods to conduct employee placement screening.  To conclude the meeting, Chairman Morris thanked everyone for participating and reminded the committee to submit ideas for the next AEU Safety Committee.  We look forward to the next meeting, which will be held April 6 – 7, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina.