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You are the safety coordinator for McBride and are asked to make general recommendations for the management of safety at this site. What are your recommendations in a general sense? ( What would you ask for in screening subcontractors and especially if subs were free to in turn subcontract other companies to help or perform work?

Worksite Description:

Construction of a 3 tier commercial building consisting of a basement which is below ground level and 2 stories above ground level. The structure sets on a sloping embankment with one end of the basement as a “walkout” to a parking lot area. The building will be a multi-purpose athletic training and management complex for the Wayne City Wolverines football team. The basement will be a large weight room and athletic training/sports medicine facility. The other floors will house a locker room on the ground level with offices, cafeteria, and meeting rooms. The cost of the facility is estimated at around 12 million dollars.

McBride Management Group is the “general contractor” or construction management firm that is in charge of the project. The project has a start to completion estimate of time as 18 months. Here are the general steps: ( work may be concurrent)

Core sampling and geotechnical surveying.
Ground clearing/grubbing, general leveling.
Excavation of the basement/leveling of the parking area.
Trenching for the installation of storm water drains, utility lines.
Drilling, forming, pouring of pylons/casings for footings support, footing, basement walls, and basement floor.
Rough plumbing.
Erection of steel for subsequent floor support.
Masonry erection of elevator shafts, outside walls, decorative finishing.
Roofing for low slope surface.
Interior wall/support construction/drywall
Electrical / plumbing
Flooring/carpeting
Painting

Subcontractors:

Burnett Engineering

D.R Gossett Excavation

Workman and Sons Plumbing and Electrical

Rex Steele Construction

Legg Masonry

Smith Carpentry

J.R. Ewing Roofing

Mendoza Flooring

Rowe Painting

Scenario Questions:

1. You are the safety coordinator for McBride and are asked to make general recommendations for the management of safety at this site. What are your recommendations in a general sense? ( What would you ask for in screening subcontractors and especially if subs were free to in turn subcontract other companies to help or perform work? How would you recommend communicating identified hazards and tracking their correction? What would the graduated enforcement of safety standards resemble? How often would safety meetings take place between McBride and the subs? Would the subs be required to have a dedicated safety coordinator, or could the safety rep also be an associate of the sub and perform other duties? How often and what level would safety training take place? How often would McBride inspect the site or work areas of subs? Would subs also have to perform audits/inspections? At what rate? How would injuries be reported and who would be involved in the investigation?)

You may also include any suggestions you have on the day to day management activities. But the point of the scenario is to examine the management of safety in regards to meeting “reasonable care” from a controlling employer’s view.

2. D.R Gossett dug out the basement pit so that the masonry contractor could now pour footings and concrete basement walls. The pit was dug as requested by Legg with vertical soil faces at a depth of 12 feet. In doing so Legg Masonry erected concrete form on top of the footings. A Legg employee was between the form and soil face when some rock came off the face striking the employee and pinning him there until other workers could free him. Who was the creating employer, the exposing employer, and the controlling employer for this situation?

(HINT: For technical help on the violation look for the definition of a “trench” and compare this to a “pit”.)

3. The second story floor had been poured. By contract Rex Steele (the steel erection contractor) was responsible for erecting guardrails around the perimeter of the floors. On this day the two employees were removing the wire rope guardrails running on the steel columns in order to place a guardrail system utilizing wood construction and post stanchions connected to the floor by concrete screws/bolts. Work was interrupted and they were taken away for another task. This left one side of the second floor without a guardrail system in place. During inspection by an OSHA compliance officer later that day, a worker, later identified as an electrician with Workman and Sons, accessed the second floor and was witnessed walking on the floor without personal fall protection. The Steele employees had been wearing personal fall protection while removing and erecting the guardrails. What were the relevant classifications of employers? Would have it made a difference if Steele had roped off the second floor and posted no admittance signage without proper clearance?

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