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Outside Plant 10/17/2017

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 Regional OSP Safety Meeting Notes

October 17, 2017
 
Downed Cable Issue
Doug Spurlin will confirm that the Local EMS teams have been provided the Local Construction Manager on-call number.  
7 Test Calls were made and we are now with 3 hours from the call coming in to having someone on sight.   Still room for improvement.   
Darryl Meyer asked what the Company Policy was if we have a tree laying on the Telephone Cable.  He was advised by another tech that there was an issue where the Customer called in for a down tree on our line and the Supervisor told the Customer it was their responsibility.  Emmett asked for the information and said he would follow up on it.
1500/Hybrid Trucks
Ricky King brought up more discussion on the 1500/ Hybrid Truck issue.  Justin Horne mentioned that there are Central Office Techs with 2500’s.  He suggested swapping them out with FiOS techs.  Randall Johnston stated that Fleet is not replacing vehicles.  There is a 5 year plan to replace all Hybrids and 1500’s.  It would be up to Local Managers to get the techs to swap vehicles.  If techs swap vehicles, we need to make sure that Fleet gets notified, so they can plan maintenance accordingly.
Dessicant
Art Brake from Gandy talked about how the Dessicant has brought up concerns for the employees.  It is a very powdery susbstance, there are no warning labels on the bottles, etc.  If you pour any dessicant out, you will get a puff of “smoke” surrounding you and the employees want to know how this may harm them in the future. 
 
 
Lighting Issues
Jim Emminger wanted to know who he can contact regarding the Parking Lot Lights and the Sconce lights on the outside of the building.  It was discussed that we should contact the Building Maintenance crew for solutions.  
Garage Ventilation Issues
Jim Emminger brought up some concerns about the garage in NPR not being properly ventilated.  Randall mentioned that they are having troulble with JLL in the area of NPR.  JLL will go out and assess a situation and close out the ticket.  Therefore, the Company believes the issue is closed.  They are not sure if it is a companywide problem or just a concern with the JLL employee that services the area.  
Safety Policy
Justin Horne – Are we going to talk about the rumors of the new “Safety Policy”?
Kelly Austin – There is a grievance filed on it so this isn’t really the time or place to have this discussion.  The company has implemented its prevailing practice and there are no longer sunset dates. For example, A Written Reminder used to be 12 months and a DML used to be for 24 months.  Now there is no Sunset Date
Cones
Randy reminded everyone that the Company policy is to have two cones out at all times.  One in front of the truck and one in the back.
Back-up Camera’s
Jim Emminger asked about getting Back-up camera’s on the pole trucks.
Randy stated that whatever is on the truck when purchased, Fleet will maintain it.  If it’s not on the truck when ordered, that it would need approval. 
Dog Door Hangers
Ricky King asked how we could get more door hangers for the safety of the Technicians.  
Need to have some discussion on this to figure out how and where we can get more.  It was discussed that numerous techs left them on the gang room tables, while others liked having them.  
 
Ricky stated that he believed Josh paid for them, last time.
 
Man Hole Lids
There is a Road Job near Citrus Park Mall that has Man Hole Lids without holes.  Therefore technicians cannot perform the atmospheric testing and we do not have the proper pullers.  
Justin said that we cannot blow holes in them as it is not safe and Joe Dolphey previously stated that if we cannot perform the atmospheric test and we don’t have the proper pullers, that we should not do the job.  
Earl stated that we have 2 problems.  1st we have some lids that don’t have holes and the other problem is the newer lids don’t have holes that our pullers will work on.  
There are pullers with Magnetic Lifts.  Some can be found onhttp://www.bigseasylift.com/
We need to get with the Road Inspectors, Joe Dolphey, Steve Hackney to revisit this and go on site to find the best solution.
Doug Spurlin committed to looking into this and attempting to find some solutions for Manhole Lid removal tools that will work with both all lids.  
Buried Drop
Concerns were raised because Techs can no longer get a tech on site for buried drop and are being advised to lay drops across the driveways, sidewalks, etc.  Emmett Larry stated that we are behind due to the Hurricane and are behind approximately 2 weeks.  Concerns were raised for the safety of our customers, especially since there will be a significant increase in foot traffic on Halloween when it is fairly dark and more difficult to see.  
It was mentioned that the drop contractor was stating that they could not bore without locates and this is the reason for the delay.  It was discussed that if they are not trying to bore in the easement, they do not need locates.  Emmett was going to look further into this and try to get issues resolved prior to Halloween.
Storm Notifications
Techs mentioned that they did not feel like there was adequate information being given on how situations were to be handled prior, during and following the storm.  After further discussion, it was discovered that all communication was titled no different than any other Florida Communication.  Therefore, employees may have overlooked some or all of the e-mails.  
Kelly Austin said that she would check if future storm related communications could have title changed from Area3 employee communications to something more specific so they will stand out (ex. Hurricane Irma Update).  
 

Inside Plant 10/25/2017

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 Inside Company Union Safety Meeting

October 25, 2017

Meeting Minutes

Location: 6th floor conference room

610 Zack Street

2:00 pm

 

Attendees: 

Chris Austin, Chester Carman ,Joe Dolphy, Mary Evans, Tonya Franklin, Scott McGinnis, Zaida Menendez, Edlin Myles ,Amy Napper, Zammy Pastor ,Shevelle Thomas ,Veronica Waters

Nate Young

Kicked off meeting, introductions.

 

Issues addressed:

Cornerstone training – ergonomic assessment.  Verified with Training,

known issue with “Access Denied” message.  If you are having issues

accessing the Ergonomic training, specifically course code: 

SFY0000506, please send an email to cornerstone [at] ftr [dot] com

 and let them know what browser you are using (Internet Explorer 11,Chrome or Edge, etc).

 

Regarding the 3M tape supplied with the “tent shields”; Facilities has ordered some industrial, double sided tape to secure them to the cubical as needed. 

 

A lot of discussion around the Emergency Action Plan (attached) and the need to have mock/scheduled fire drills. 

 

Joe will coordinate train the trainer sessions with those

identified in the plan and their role. 

 

EAP plans have been distributed to those impacted

electronically and should be displayed on each floor. 

 

Shevelle took the follow up to obtain a list of those individuals that require assistance/unable to take the stairs by floor. 

 

Rob Huckins is no longer active and should be replaced on the 10th floor. 

 

Confirmed with Security, each individual should swipe into the building when returning from an evaluation.  Guards should be checking badges as well.

 

Reminded of the proper use of electric outlets, cautioned on

overloading the circuits, there should be no additional items plugged

into the outlets (crock pots, heaters, smoke/popcorn machines), including extension cords or power strips unless authorized by Facilities.

 

Joe mentioned the possibility of starting a stretching program to help prevent fatigue, neck strain.  Sitting is the new smoking.  Important to stand periodically.

 

Next meeting scheduled for January 10th

 

Regional OSP Safety Meeting July 25th, 2017

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*Welcome

*Pass Roster Around (Remind everyone to update their info)

**Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, October 17th**

*Discuss Ongoing and New Issues

 **Issue Owners are in BLUE.  If you have taken ownership of an issue, please be prepared to provide an update at our next meeting**

*Discuss Q2 Results

*Discuss Safety Incentive Program

**Unresolved / Ongoing Issues**

-Call out procedure for downed cables (Doug Spurlin)

An employee shared at a Union meeting a story about a cable that had been down for one full week before anyone from Frontier responded.  The cable had fallen across two driveways and the customers were driving over it daily.  After some investigating, it turns out that somehow the initial ticket that was created for this got stuck in a que that is not monitored.  Nobody can explain how or why this happened.  Doug Spurlin did say that he is on a team that is evaluating the different ques that Frontier has and that if we have any further examples like this to get them to him.

Updates / Discussion

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Drashea Stevenson shared that Melanie Williams met with TECO on 7/24 to set up the process with them for us to be notified.  He also stated that she has been in communication with Fire and Police.

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Doug Spurlin committed to the following regarding follow up on this issue:

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Work with IHD team to share examples and ensure process is re-communicated to the frontline reps and supervisors.

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Communicate the VIP number (877-486-5667) with all Florida municipalities.

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Provide local EMS services with the local construction manager on-call number.

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Conduct 10 “test calls” for downed poles to IHD (5 during hours / 5 after hours

 -Cell Phone Distraction While Driving (Joe Dolphy)

Joe will discuss the company’s position on cell phone mounts for the vehicles as well as if there has been any discussion on the app that is mentioned below.

There was also discussion about finding or developing an app that will disable texting and non-emergency calls while the vehicle is in motion.  Joe Dolphy has volunteered to take ownership of this issue and will provide updates as needed.

Updates / Discussion

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Per Joe Dolphy, the company is not interested in providing mounts for the cell phones.  He is looking into piloting an app that will allow the tech to use the voice prompts for navigation but will disable the other phone functions while the vehicle is in motion.  We would look to pilot this with members of the Safety Committee.  There was also discussion about possibly getting a blue tooth speaker for the vehicle so that the voice prompts would be easier to hear.

 

-Storing Ladders in the Yard (Joey Santiago)

The idea behind this initiative is to store ladders in a secure location, protected from the elements, at the work center.  If a tech needs an extension ladder on the job that he has, the ladder will be taken from storage and used for the job and then returned to the storage area.

This process should ensure that the ladder will have a much longer life span because it will not be unnecessarily exposed to the elements every day.

Updates / Discussion

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Per Joey, the pilot has not yet started in Bradenton.  He is still interested in getting it off the ground and looking at the second week of August as a possible start date.  Wayne Grunert shared that in his yard, this practice is already in place and that he is not aware of any issues that have come up because of it.

 

**New Issues** (Owner)

-Vehicle Weather-strip

Noah Kaaa asked what the process was for having the rubber weather-strip that seals the vehicle doors replaced.  With age, they become ripped and cracked and could potentially cause someone’s foot to get hung up when entering or exiting the vehicle.

David Carman and Randall Johnston shared with the committee that fleet will replace those items as needed, as well as any OE floor mats that may become worn out.

 

-LP Tanks (Doug Spurlin)

Jason Jones asked about how to handle to LP tanks on the Hesco units being out of date for their DOT certification.  The conversation then led to what yards may still have permanent LP tanks on site and what the company would like to see happen with them.

Joe Dolphy shared that EH&S would like to see all the permanent LP tanks decommissioned and no longer used.  It was agreed that the best option would be to find a way to have the Hesco tanks swapped out and not refilled.  Doug Spurlin agreed to look at what the process would be to make this happen.  The committee members are only aware of two locations which have permanent tanks, Causeway and Bartow.

 

-Hardhat Sun Shades (Joe Dolphy)

Joey Reibsome brought in a sun shade which fits over the hard hat to see if it is something that we may be able to add to the ordering system.  The shade not only provides a wider brim, it also has a piece that hangs down in the back to provide shade for the wearer’s neck.  Joe Dolphy agreed to research whether something similar is available from our suppliers.  He would then need to get it through the Safety Standards Committee and push for a pilot in Florida.

 

-Vehicle Air Bag Deployment

Justin Moulton had a question for fleet regarding when a vehicle’s air bags should go off.  Given the amount of different circumstances that could be involved in a crash, there really is no effective way to answer this question. 

 

-Temp Drop Taped Over Driveways

Marty Rodeffer asked what the policy was for taping a temp drop over a driveway because he had noticed that one went over three different driveways in his neighborhood.  Management confirmed that if the tech has the customer’s permission, he or she may tape a drop over top of their customer’s driveway as an absolute last resort.  The drop may not be placed over a neighbor’s driveway under any circumstance.  Management agreed to have the policy revisited and covered with the operations team as a reminder for everyone.

 

-Gas Detector Calibration

Jason Jones asked how often does a gas detector need to be calibrated?  The group concluded that we would need to refer to the manufacturer, however, if it has been a year or more we need to get the equipment turned into logistics for calibration.  Everyone agreed to verify that the equipment that they work with is current and if not to get it turned in.

 

-Safety Recognition Program (Joe Dolphy, Jamie McElman, Josh Saladino)

Josh Saladino asked for the committee’s input on starting some type of recognition program for safety.  Joe Dolphy shared that there is currently a pilot program happening in Indiana involving peer to peer recognition.  Everyone agreed to pursue the idea further.  The Company and Union will set up a meeting to discuss this further and bring some ideas back for our next committee meeting.

 

 

Minutes Prepared by J. Saladino

OSP Safety Meeting 4/18/2017

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*Welcome

*Pass Roster Around (Remind everyone to update their info)

**Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18th**

*Power point presentation on cell phone distractions while driving and on heat related illness.

**Issue Owners are in BLUE.  If you have taken ownership of an issue, please be prepared to provide an update at our next meeting**

**Unresolved / Ongoing Issues**

-Contained dog door hanger (Josh Saladino)

Noah brought up an idea on how to lower the incidents of dog bites.  If we had a door hanger that we could put on the room where the dog is contained, the chances of someone accidently letting the dog out would go down.  Len and/or Geno would look into getting approval and having some printed up.

Updates / Discussion (Resolved)

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500 laminated door hangers were handed out at the meeting

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If there is a need for any additional, we will discuss how to get more made at subsequent meetings.

 

-Call out procedure for downed cables (Doug Spurlin & Rhonda Britto)

An employee shared at a Union meeting a story about a cable that had been down for one full week before anyone from Frontier responded.  The cable had fallen across two driveways and the customers were driving over it daily.  After some investigating, it turns out that somehow the initial ticket that was created for this got stuck in a que that is not monitored.  Nobody can explain how or why this happened.  Doug Spurlin did say that he is on a team that is evaluating the different ques that Frontier has and that if we have any further examples like this to get them to him.

Updates / Discussion

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Doug was not at the meeting to provide an update on his team’s findings.

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Joe Reibsome provided numerous pictures of damaged poles that were not cared for in a timely manner.  After some discussion it was decided that we needed to ensure that the correct on-call numbers were provided to emergency dispatch centers (911) throughout our operating area.  This will hopefully cut down on our response time until we are able to get the problems on the front end cared for.

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Steve Johnson and Vernon Burrell shared that in their respective areas, the emergency centers have the on-call number and use that to contact us when needed. 

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Rhonda Britto offered to take ownership of that part and she will work with Len Goellner and Joe Dolphy to get the emergency centers notified.

 

**New Issues / Ownership**

 -Cell Phone Distraction While Driving (Joe Dolphy)

After the presentation, the committee discussed ways that we can help convey the danger that cell phones can pose while the user is driving.  It was discussed that we would work together on developing a campaign to try to get everyone into the habit of not using their phone while driving. 

We also talked about the possibility of purchasing mounts for the company provided phone so that while they are being used for navigation, the employee will not be required to hold the phone and drive at the same time.

There was also discussion about finding or developing an app that will disable texting and non-emergency calls while the vehicle is in motion.  Joe Dolphy has volunteered to take ownership of this issue and will provide updates as needed.

 

-Storing Ladders in the Yard (Joey Santiago & Jason Harper)

Ricky King mentioned that Batavia would be coming to Causeway soon to service the ladders.  This led to Joey Santiago telling us about a procedure that he and Jason Harper had thought about piloting in the Bradenton yard.

It is apparent that the main cause of fiberglass deterioration on our ladders is exposure to the elements while being stored on top of the van.  Bradenton is going to look into storing some extension ladders in a controlled environment at the yard.  These would then be used as needed by the FiOS workgroup because the FNFTs do not have an everyday need for an extension ladder.  This pilot would only be for extension ladders, not 7-11 or a-frame.  This should help to minimize the ladder being exposed to the elements, thus prolonging its life.

Joe Dolphy wanted to remind everyone of the frequency of inspections regarding ladders.  They are to be inspected annually, monthly, and before each use.  These inspections still need to be done whether the ladder is in storage or not.

Joey will report back to us at our next meeting of the results of this pilot.

 

-Roof Mounted Ladder Racks

Some of the vans still have the electric ladder racks on them.  David Carman from fleet advised us that these electric racks can and will be replaced with manual ones as needed.

Darrell Meyer mentioned that for some reason the ladder will stick to the rubber padding that is on the ladder racks on the hybrid trucks.  David asked for anyone who has this issue to please get with the garage, Eric Garcia, or Randall Johnston to see about a solution.  It was also mentioned that some of the door checks were failing on the vans.  These can either be repaired or replaced by the garage at any time.

 

-Fleet Training

Justin Horne asked what if any training the mechanics have been receiving on the heavy construction vehicles.  Randall told us that manufacturer provided training has already been completed.  There is also currently hands on peer to peer training happening.  Management does recognize that there is still a need for additional practical time on each piece of equipment.

 

-New Warning Label on Cones (Joe Dolphy)

Rod Joyce mentioned that the cones that we are getting now come with a warning label that states that they contain a chemical that is known to cause cancer by the State of California.  Joe Dolphy will look into this further and report back to the committee.

 

-Cable Riser Placement

Bo Sierra asked about an issue that is occurring in his area that involves who is responsible for placing risers on poles.  There was good discussion had by linemen and cable splicers from all around the company.  It was agreed that the policy that has been in place for as long as anyone can remember was the same company wide. 

During the normal course of business, cables that are 200 pair or more will be taken care of by the line crew and cables that are less than 200 pair will be taken care of by the cable splicers.  If there is a need for any additional training or equipment for this work to be done safely, it will be handled on a case by  case basis.

 

-PPE Use

Noah Kaaa brought up that he has noticed a more lackadaisical approach to PPE use from a few of the techs in the field.  He wanted to mention that the committee taking on big projects was a good thing but that we still need to be vigilant about the everyday policies that we should all be following. 

Please consistently remind everyone how important PPE use is. 

  

 

Minutes Prepared by J. Saladino

Inside Plant Safety Meeting 4/20/2017

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Attendees: Zaida Menendez, Scott McGinnis, Zammy Pastor, Mary Evans, Chris Austin, Tom Atkinson, Felicia Archie, Lori Weatherby, Edlin Myles, Amy Napper, Joe Dolphy, Nathaniel Young.

 

Amy started the meeting with introductions.

 

Issues Revisited – Floor sweepers in case of an evacuation...there has been no progress made getting this done.  Joe will meet with management next week to get the progress on this.

 

The training packet for Emergency Preparedness has been sent out but not covered with the employee as of yet. 

 

All sleeves will be removed from the lights and anyone that needs an accommodation will be provided a tent.  At this point there are some lights that still have sleeves and they will remain in place until tents can be ordered.  If employees still have issues once they receive a tent with light sensitivity Joe advised that he has an optometrist on staff that can evaluate the situation.  Once an employee receives a tent, it stays with the employee, so if the seat is moved, GRABEL needs to be contacted to come and move the tent.

 

Accommodation materials (ERGO keyboard or mouse) are departmental and can be ordered by any management person.

 

First Aid kits need to be ordered and maintained by each individual department.

 

ERGO training is in the works and will be a 4 hour class.

 

Amy will send notification of the next quarterly meeting.

 

Meeting ended at 3:45pm

Inside Plant Safety Meeting - 1/19/2017

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Attending were: Josh Saladino, Zaida Menendez, Felicia Archie, Tim Campagnia, Chris Austin, Mary Evans-Everett, Scott McGinnis, Tom Atkinson, Edlin Myles, Nate Young, John Lewis, Tracy DiMaria, Amy Napper & Kristine Reelfs

Amy Napper kicked off the meeting with introductions and advising that she was now heading the Inside Plant Safety Committee along.

We discussed that we needed to assign new floor wardens to make sure that everyone was off the floor in the event of a fire drill.  I advised that in the Verizon world this had to be a management person.

Amy advised that Joe Dolphy is currently working on getting the evacuation plan updated and distributed.

The current process for ADA/workplace accommodations is being reviewed.

Company is in the process of securing a training class for Ergonomics.

CPR is a cornerstone class that you can sign up for and your supervisor will have to pay for the course with their Procard and the employee can then proceed.

The question was asked who we report building issues to, such as ice machines leaking or plumbing issues.  Amy advised that she will check and let us know.

We have decided that a buddy list needs to be made for the employees that can’t ago down the stairs in the event of an evacuation.  We asked to have supervisors canvass their teams and email Felicia and Amy the information.

There used to be a plan in place, when the building was evacuated that RMG would print a list of people working so they can be accounted for at the meeting location.  This is now an issue as RMG is centralized in either one place or out of state.   The committee has agreed that this is something that needs to be addressed and figure out how to get an updated list.

First-aid kits needs to be re-ordered and replenished for the buildings.

Chris and Tom both pointed out that in the Morgan building there are departments that are unsupervised for the overnight tours. 

Currently the elevators in both buildings are essentially being rebuilt with new belts and mechanisms being installed.  This will care for the issue that the inspections are out of date.

Amy advised that every time emergency services is called that an incident report needs to be filled out and forwarded to Joe Dolphy to keep track for OSHA.

Next meeting will be held 4/20/17

 

Regional OSP Safety Meeting 1/17/17

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**Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 18th**

**Issue Owners are in BLUE.  If you have taken ownership of an issue, please be prepared to provide an update at our next meeting**

 

**Unresolved / Ongoing Issues**

 

-Contained dog door hanger (Josh Saladino)

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Noah brought up an idea on how to lower the incidents of dog bites.  If we had a door hanger that we could put on the room where the dog is contained, the chances of someone accidently letting the dog out would go down.  Len and/or Geno would look into getting approval and having some printed up.

Updates / Discussion

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We have an initial quote for 500 door hangers.  Josh will continue to gather more quotes and will solicit input from the Directors as to which printer to go with.  The goal is to have these out to the field by the next safety meeting.

 

  

**Issues from October 11th**

-  Keystone Road Manhole Lids (Drashea Stevenson) (Resolved)

Jim Emminger has noticed that there are numerous manhole lids along Keystone Rd with no holes in them for gas detection prior to opening them.  The holes also help when taking the lids off or putting them back on.  This issue stems from the use of left over manholes from a previous road job.  Not all the lids have holes in them but some of them do.  Per Kenny Soule, the lids were ordered incorrectly on that previous job and that is why some do not have holes.  When this has happened in the past, we have had to have a company come in and drill holes in the affected lids so that we can safely enter the manhole.  Aaron Stinson volunteered to take this issue and he will look into getting the lids drilled.  We advised everyone that unless you can test the atmosphere prior to opening a manhole, it is not safe to do so.

 

Updates / Discussion

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Drashea has taken this issue over and has advised us that as employees run into these lids, to get the address to him and he will see to it that holes are put into them.  We are going to handle this on a case by case basis going forward.

2.  Hi-Vis Shirts (Josh Saladino)

Jim Emminger asked if there is any possibility of considering getting OSHA / ANSI compliant, hi-vis shirts with reflective material on them to wear in lieu of needing to wear a safety vest over your normal shirt.  We all agreed that this is an issue worth pursuing.  In the past the problem that we found with the shirts is that they had a limit of 25 wash cycles until they lost their effectiveness.  Josh Saladino will begin to look at the options and see if there are any available shirts with a longer wash cycle that we may be able to get.  It was also asked if it would be possible to get some sort of shade cloth that would attach to a hard hat and protect the wearer's neck.

Updates / Discussion

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Josh has checked with multiple suppliers and thus far has been unable to find one that will guarantee their shirts for more than 25 wash cycles.  We will continue to pursue this in the upcoming months and report back at the next meeting.

3.  Bump Hats (Joe Dolphy & Doug Spurlin)

Scott Germak asked if the "bump" style hard hats were still available to order.  These could be used by the mechanics as well as the field techs while working in attics.  The concern that we had previously was that techs would use the bump hats in applications that they are not intended to be used in.  Joe Dolphy will check into the availability in the supply system and update us at the next meeting.

Updates / Discussion

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Joe Dolphy shared that the company is trying to get to a common standard and that there is also the potential for someone to use the bump hat in an application that it is not intended for.  Bump hats should never be used while working aloft because they do not provide any protection against arc flash.  Doug Spurlin did not want to close this issue just yet and he and Joe will discuss this further.  Joe also said that he would discuss this at the next safety standards committee meeting as well.

4.  Vans Being Overloaded (All Advocates)

We had a discussion regarding the possibility of the 1/2 ton vans being overloaded.  It was decided that we need to conduct a study wherein we would get the vans weighed and see if there are any adjustments that need to be made.  Will Parks and Steve Johnson will conduct the study in the Plant City yard.  We will begin by getting a normally set-up van weighed so that we have a point of reference and adjust from there.  They will report back on their findings at our next meeting.

The representatives from fleet did share that as these 1/2 ton vans get retired, they do plan to replace them with 3/4 ton vehicles and have no plans of purchasing any more 1/2 ton vehicles in the future.

 

Updates / Discussion

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Lee Richardson reported that Plant City did conduct the study and found that the ½ ton vans and hybrid pickups were the two models that were overweight.  Through trial and error, they discovered that if they only loaded these vehicles with enough equipment / supplies for the day’s jobs, that they were able to get them all under the max weight. 

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As a committee, we decided that we were going to go back to our workgroups and begin the process of inspecting all of the vehicles for potential overloading; paying close attention to the ½ ton vans and hybrids.  If we feel that a vehicle may be overloaded, the advocates from both management and craft will work with the employees and help them to stock their vehicle appropriately.  We are comfortable with using the practice that Plant City started to get the weight where it needs to be, but if there is a scale available feel free to weigh the vehicles if you would like to.  All advocates should be prepared to report back at our next meeting on the results of the inspections. 

 

**New Issues / Ownership**

 

1.  Techs being sent to hostile customers

An employee called us and shared that he had been sent out to a customer who security knew ahead of time was going to be hostile.  Security notified the manager of the situation but nobody notified the tech until after the job was complete.  We decided that if this scenario were to ever happen again, that another employee, preferably a manager< would accompany the tech on the job.

2.  Call out procedure for downed cables (Doug Spurlin)

An employee shared at a Union meeting a story about a cable that had been down for one full week before anyone from Frontier responded.  The cable had fallen across two driveways and the customers were driving over it daily.  After some investigating, it turns out that somehow the initial ticket that was created for this got stuck in a que that is not monitored.  Nobody can explain how or why this happened.  Doug Spurlin did say that he is on a team that is evaluating the different ques that Frontier has and that if we have any further examples like this to get them to him. 

3.  Locates not always accurate

Vernon Burrell shared with everyone a recent example where a locate mark for buried electrical service was not accurate.  There were no injuries due to the fact that the crew working on the job was still cautious and did not just assume that the locate was correct.  He would like to remind everyone to dig with caution when around other facilities.  Jim Emminger also reminded everyone to test with your FVD not only before beginning the work but also throughout the job.

4.  Non-Potable Water

Justin Horne mentioned a concern regarding the newly re-opened Land ‘O Lakes and Wesley Chapel work centers.  There has been non-potable water signs hanging at both locations for years and now that it is a work center the signs are gone.  Joe Dolphy explained that all of the testing and permits have been taken care of and that the water is safe for drinking.  Joe went on to tell us that they are required to re-test the wells annually.

5.  Power Influence in Bartow (Joe Dolphy)

Scott Fletcher brought up an issue that has been ongoing in Bartow.  There is a cable that runs down CR555 that has foreign voltage induction that is severe enough to blow up repeater cards 20,000 feet from the source of the induction.  There was some sort of generator installed at a customer’s premise and that seems to be the source.  Joe Dolphy told us that the company has been working with an electrical contractor to establish where the zone of influence is and to build a sufficient ground field to alleviate the issue.  Duke Raven mentioned that the drought like conditions in the area could be a contributing factor because the ground may not have enough moisture in it to provide a good solid ground.  Joe said that currently there is nobody permitted to work in the affected cable and it will stay that way until the issue is fixed once and for all.  He will give us an update at our next meeting.

 

6.  Temp drop issues (Drashea Stevenson)

Ricky King shared that he is still running into situations where there are temp drops laid across sidewalks and driveways.  There was one in particular that ran across the doorway of a business that people ended up tripping over numerous times.  There still seems to be a major issue with getting someone out for tech on site scenarios.  The techs are getting a lot of unnecessary push back from the dispatch center and they are being told that unless a bore is needed, that no tech on site ticket will be created.  Drashea Stevenson took ownership of this issue and is going to examine the tech on site process again to try to find out what the problem seems to be.

7.  Fleet realignment

David Carman shared with us that Randall Johnston will now be supervising all of the garages in Pinellas and north Hillsborough and that Eric Garcia will be responsible for the Causeway garage and all others south and east of it.  David also told us that they were currently conducting training for the mechanics on the different heavy trucks.  The training will be for inspections and minor repairs only.  Also, nobody came to Randall after our last meeting for assistance with changing the configuration of their vehicles.

8.  Ladder skills (Josh Saladino)

Billy Flick mentioned that he believes that not all of the BSW techs that had recently been promoted to CZTII or FNFT have been through the ladder skills class.  I asked him to get with me after the meeting for a list of the names and that I would look into it further.

9.  AED

Greg Flick mentioned that someone had recently suffered a heart attack at the work center and asked about possibly having an automated external defibrillator installed at the work center.  There was quite a bit of discussion about this.  There are quite a few requirements that go into having one of these devices on company property.  Proper training and maintenance need to be done and it may not be practical to have one installed in a building as small as a work center. 

10.  First Aid / CPR

The discussion about the AED led into a discussion about first aid and CPR training.  Joe Dolphy explained to us that everyone should have gone through the full CPR course when they got hired.  That should then be followed up by a refresher course every three years.  There was also some discussion about incorporating some basic first aid training into the curriculum of the safety rodeos, whenever they start up again. 

11.  Follow Ups (All Advocates)

Josh Saladino and Noah Kaaa both urged all the advocates to please follow up with the things that are discussed at our meetings.  We need to have better communication back in the yard as to what is discussed here.  It would also be beneficial if the Hall was made aware of safety issues as they are happening, instead of after the fact. 

 

  Minutes Prepared by J. Saladino

Regional OSP Safety Meeting 10/11/2016

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**Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 17**

**Issue Owners are in BLUE. If you have taken ownership of an issue, please be prepared to provide an update at our next meeting**

**Unresolved / Ongoing Issues**

-On the road driver's safety training. (Resolved)

  • Also referred to as peer to peer driver's training. Scott Germak will look into seeing if we may be able to work it in, depending on the needs of the business.

Updates / Discussion

  • Scott will pick this issue back up and look into it further. There had been discussion about this while we were still VZ. Possibility of using an outside vendor. This needs to be a uniform process across the region. If this does go through, we probably won't see any of it until around October time frame. We will look for an update at our next meeting.

  • Scott has found a program and is planning on getting the field to begin running through it in the first quarter of 2017.

-Cold closure training. (Resolved)

  • Len Goellner will continue to attempt to set up vendor training. He also sent word to logistics to continue to stock heat shrinks.

Updates / Discussion

  • Scott Germak volunteered to take this issue on now that Len is no longer part of the committee. He will reach out to the training center to try to coordinate with the vendor. Training is to be given to some of the advocates and they will then go back to their area to share with their groups. Update to be given at our next meeting.

  • It looks like we will not be able to get vendor provided training on these closures. It was discussed and agreed to that the training will be done by the field forces in the different areas. We would like to see a qualified safety advocate volunteer to lead the training on the cold closures. Local management will be charged with arranging the training.

 

-RF meter locations (Resolved)

  • Marty Rodeffer asked if there was some way to compile a list of where the RF meters were stored. This would ensure that if a broadband tech needs to enter a cell site, they would know where the nearest meter is for them to use.

Updates / Discussion

  • The list has been completed. The locations of the Nardalert RF Monitors for each division have been compiled onto a single document. I will provide copies today if needed and it will also be a part of the next set of meeting minutes that I am going send to the committee. I would like to thank Marty Rodeffer and Emmett Larry for their help in getting the list compiled.

-Contained dog door hanger

  • Noah brought up an idea on how to lower the incidents of dog bites. If we had a door hanger that we could put on the room where the dog is contained, the chances of someone accidently letting the dog out would go down. Len and/or Geno would look into getting approval and having some printed up.

Updates / Discussion

  • Geno Flori volunteered to take over this issue. He will look into the logistics of getting these made and will update us all at our next meeting. All of the advocates agreed that this is a good way to offer another layer of protection against dog bites.

-Tarpon Springs work center address (Resolved)

  • Per Dan Wagner, the given address for the work center is nowhere near the actual address. This has been an issue with 911 services. Len and/or Geno will follow up with real estate to see what the solution is.

Updates / Discussion

  • Aaron Stinson volunteered to look into this further. We were told that the issue had been resolved and that the address now showed as 1950 Plaza Dr. This will be confirmed and real estate will be consulted about the possibility of installing another sign directing people back to the work center. An update will be given on this at our next meeting.

  • Per Aaron, as of August 16 the issue has been cared for. The address has been changed from 1774 Alt 19 N to 1950 Plaza Dr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Issues from July 19, 2016**

1. Bumper Mounted Cone Racks (David Carman, Eric Garcia) (Resolved)

Duke Raven asked if there was any possibility of getting cone holders that mount onto the bumper. Some of the trucks have 6+ cones on board and storing them is very cumbersome. David Carman explained to the committee that due to the wide variety of vehicles in the fleet, there is no one size fits all solution. There are also some concerns regarding the air bag sensors that are located in the bumper of some of the vehicles. He went on to say that fleet is currently looking at trying to come up with a uniform system to address the issue.

Updates / Discussion

Only certain models of trucks would be eligible to have a bumper mounted cone rack installed. Fleet will continue to asses which vehicles this applies to. David asked that if someone is interested in having one of these installed, to please get with Randall Johnson and he will look at it on a case by case basis.

2. Regular Safety Meetings (Jamie McElman) (Resolved)

Justin Horne raised his concern that there are no longer regular safety meetings being held in the yards. Jamie McElman shared with us that safety is currently combining the best practices from Verizon and Frontier. They are also working on distributing a weekly safety topic to be covered in the field as well as safety lesson plans and action plans. Jamie also clarified that Frontier has adopted the Verizon cone policy which states that cones should be used everywhere, including the work centers.

Updates / Discussion

Joe Dolphy reported that Frontier EH&S has been distributing a weekly safety topic to the field. Most of the advocates in attendance said that they were reviewing these regularly in the yards. Justin Horne mentioned that on the Link he can look up numerous safety topics and can access information related to them. He asked for everyone to go online and review the available safety materials.

3. Different Shirt Styles (Kelly Austin) (Resolved)

Kipp Beard asked if there were going to be any additional options for company shirts. The ones that are currently available are very hot to work in. Kelly Austin advised us that the ordering process has been slow up to this point. There was an email sent out recently telling everyone that the ordering system had opened up. If someone has not yet gotten this email, she asked for them to get with their LCOM. Currently, the vendor is trying to get everyone who has ordered shirts at least one ASAP. There is a tremendous backlog for them to work through so the rest of the order may not ship out for a while. Kelly also said that she will look into the possibility of keeping the dri-fit style shirts that we were able to get before.

Updates / Discussion

Per Kelly Austin, there are no immediate plans to change what is available on the website. However, there is a possibility that the company will change vendors again so the selection could potentially change. She will also look into the possibility of getting cotton t-shirts added to the site.

 

4. Garage PPE (Josh Saladino) (Resolved)

Benny Reyes commented that the mechanics had not yet been issued any hard hats or vests. Josh Saladino asked Benny to get with his LCOM and if he is still unable to get them, to let him know so that it will get corrected.

Updates / Discussion

Per Benny Reyes, the mechanics now have hard hats and vests.

5. 36inch Cones (Jamie McElman) (Resolved)

Jim Emminger told us that the reflective tape that is supposed to be on his 36 inch cones has come off. When he asked for replacements, he discovered that these were not available in the Frontier ordering system. Jamie said that he is aware of the issue and that they are currently working to get the proper cones added to the system.

Updates / Discussion

Joe Dolphy has researched this issue and shared what he has found out. 36inch cones are required on all state maintained roads and some municipalities require them as well. The federal standard is 28inch cones. Joe is looking at getting the 36 inch cones added to the supply system but advised everyone that in the meantime the 36inch cones can be picked up at Grainger if they are needed.

7. Attic Blower Kits (All Advocates) (Resolved)

Not all areas have an attic blower kit available.

Updates / Discussion

After doing some more research, it turns out that every area has a complete kit except for Eastern Division. Joey Santiago is still in the process of assembling the kit and has assured us that he will get it done. This issue is resolved.

8. Ladders (Steve Johnson) (Resolved)

Scott Fletcher said that there were quite a few ladders in Eastern Division that were in need of attention. He asked if there were any plans to have them inspected and repaired or replaced.

*Joey Santiago provided an update after the meeting and said that he found out that there were some ladders that had not been looked at since 2014. He said that he has asked Steve Johnson to head this project up and that it will start next week. They will repair or replace as necessary.

Updates / Discussion

  • Per Steve Johnson, as of August 18 all work locations in Eastern will have been cared for. The vendor will have visited each yard and inspected / repaired each ladder that they were given. They will also identify ladders needing to be replaced.

 

 

**New Issues / Ownership**

1. Keystone Road Manhole Lids (Aaron Stinson)

Jim Emminger has noticed that there are numerous manhole lids along Keystone Rd with no holes in them for gas detection prior to opening them. The holes also help when taking the lids off or putting them back on. This issue stems from the use of left over manholes from a previous road job. Not all the lids have holes in them but some of them do. Per Kenny Soule, the lids were ordered incorrectly on that previous job and that is why some do not have holes. When this has happened in the past, we have had to have a company come in and drill holes in the affected lids so that we can safely enter the manhole. Aaron Stinson volunteered to take this issue and he will look into getting the lids drilled. We advised everyone that unless you can test the atmosphere prior to opening a manhole, it is not safe to do so.

2. Hi-Vis Shirts (Josh Saladino)

Jim Emminger asked if there is any possibility of considering getting OSHA / ANSI compliant, hi-vis shirts with reflective material on them to wear in lieu of needing to wear a safety vest over your normal shirt. We all agreed that this is an issue worth pursuing. In the past the problem that we found with the shirts is that they had a limit of 25 wash cycles until they lost their effectiveness. Josh Saladino will begin to look at the options and see if there are any available shirts with a longer wash cycle that we may be able to get. It was also asked if it would be possible to get some sort of shade cloth that would attach to a hard hat and protect the wearer's neck.

3. Bump Hats (Joe Dolphy)

Scott Germak asked if the "bump" style hard hats were still available to order. These could be used by the mechanics as well as the field techs while working in attics. The concern that we had previously was that techs would use the bump hats in applications that they are not intended to be used in. Joe Dolphy will check into the availability in the supply system and update us at the next meeting.

4. Halon Systems

Bo Sierra asked if the Halon fire suppression systems that are in the Cos are still operational? Joe Dolphy shared that most of them are currently being used in conjunction with sprinkler systems and that the remaining Halon systems should be gone sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

5. Cinch Lock Climbing Belts

Billy Flick asked if it would be feasible get everyone trained on the new style belt to replace all the climbing belts in the field with the new cinch lock style climbing belt. It was mentioned that when the buck squeeze first became available a couple of years ago, everyone that wanted to was given the opportunity to receive training and be issued the new style belt. It may be possible that as we need to replace worn climbing belts that the cinch lock be ordered in their place.

6. Update on Vehicle Maintenance

Justin Horne asked the representatives from fleet if they could provide an update on where we stand with the backlog of PMs. We are current on PMs in Eric Garcia's area which includes Eastern Division, Southern Division, and Saint Pete. In Randall Johnston's area, which includes Western Division, Northwestern Division, and Tampa we have 36 PMs that are currently overdue. This is a huge improvement over where we were at the last meeting and Randall expects that his area will be completely caught up by the end of the month.

We also spoke about the issue that is being seen with the hybrid trucks in regards to the rear axles making quite a bit of noise. When one of these trucks begin to experience this, it is taken to the dealership and they perform the necessary repairs. Fleet stated that there are no plans to send the trucks to be looked at until they begin to make the noise. Fleet also advised us that the rear wheels will not lock up because of the issue that is causing the noise.

7. Contact Information

Kelly Austin asked that we please keep all our emergency contact information up to date on the Link.

8. Vans Being Overloaded (Will Parks & Steve Johnson)

We had a discussion regarding the possibility of the 1/2 ton vans being overloaded. It was decided that we need to conduct a study wherein we would get the vans weighed and see if there are any adjustments that need to be made. Will Parks and Steve Johnson will conduct the study in the Plant City yard. We will begin by getting a normally set-up van weighed so that we have a point of reference and adjust from there. They will report back on their findings at our next meeting.

The representatives from fleet did share that as these 1/2 ton vans get retired, they do plan to replace them with 3/4 ton vehicles and have no plans of purchasing any more 1/2 ton vehicles in the future.

Updates / Discussion

After the meeting, a few of the advocates went out to the parking lot to look at Noah Kaaa's 2005 1/2 ton work van for reference. Noah did not appear to have much, if any, unnecessary supplies and the van is kept neat and tidy. When Noah left the meeting, he went to a scale and had the van weighed. Per the door sticker, the GVWR of the van is 7200 pounds. The actual weight of Noah's fully loaded van was 7780 pounds, or 580 pounds more that the GVWR. While it is true that this is over the GVWR, it isn't too far off and we should be able to get the number down to where it needs to be.

9. Sweeping the Parking Lots

Ricky King asked if there was any possibility of having the parking lots swept at the work centers. There always seems to be a lot of screws lying around and this causes numerous flat tires. Mike Kinlaw shared that we may be able to call a maintenance ticket into JLL and have them come out and address the issue. The number to call is 877-369-4945.

10. Home Dispatch Update

Eric Garcia asked for whomever is currently on home dispatch to please go into the "Drive Portal" on the eweb and update all their information. This allows fleet to keep track of where the vehicles are physically parked at night. Geno Flori then stated that he will be asking the managers to do this in lieu of the technicians themselves. The techs do not need to worry about doing this, the managers will take care of it.

 

11. Emergency Response Team

Greg Flick asked if we still have this team in place and if so why weren't they activated prior to the last hurricane that threatened us? Geno Flori stated that the program is the exact same as it was with Verizon and that Len Goellner is responsible for it. We discussed it further and it is assumed that the reason that the team was not activated is because we were not affected by the last storm.

12. Changes in Fleet

David Carman shared with us some of the upcoming changes that will be happening in the Fleet department. He said that there will be some new equipment installed in the Sligh yard. David also told us about a plan that was being initiated to identify, locate, and evaluate the "mobile tools". These include pieces of equipment such as Ditch Witch trenchers, Hesco units, and mobile generators. He shared with us that it can extremely difficult to locate this equipment and that because of this he is looking at possibly parking the mobile tools in a central location. The idea is to keep only the mobile tools that are routinely needed at the yards and to keep the remaining mobile tools at the central location until such time they are needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nardalert XT Personal RF Monitor Locations

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 Nardalert- Locations

 

 

Tampa

Seminole CO -Combo 4952. Enter at the loading dock. Go straight through the double doors. Nardalert is in the dark gray cabinet on the left.

 

Eastern

Lakeland Main CO -On the first floor inside Pat Neff's office. Nardalert is inside the beige tool cabinet.

 

Southern

Englewood CO -Nardalert is inside Alan Gaver's desk on the south side in the middle.

 

Western & Northwestern

Clearwater Main CO -On the third floor. Nardalert is in the first metal cabinet when you walk into the specials/ICP cabinet cage. 

Fleet contact Information

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 FRONTIER FLORIDA GARAGES

 

CITY          ADDRESS, ZIP             PHONE           MECHANICS

Bradenton         1320 8th Ave E, 34208                     941-747-5701                J. Barkey; J. Boos

Clearwater         2291 Range Rd, 33765                     727-443-9476              M. Velenovsky

Lakeland             1043 Lemon St, 33801                     863-802-5202              M. Deagan; R. Kidd; G. Shea

Port Richey        8600 Rees St, 34668                         727-841-8650              R. Podolak

St Petersburg     4332 54th Ave North, 33714          727-526-9025              J. Bowen; R. Jenkins

Sarasota             2455 12th St, 34237                         941-953-4760              D. Boff; B. Reyes

Tampa                7855 Causeway Blvd, 33619          813-626-8545              T. Churchill; T. Desilvestro;                                                                                                                                                R. Nienhaus; M. Scorpo             

Tampa                5301 West Sligh Ave, 33614           813-884-7531              T. Fritzel; W. Hallett;

                                                                                                                                   R. Niemoeller

Tampa                14917 Zambito Rd, 33618               813-960-7359              C. Partridge

Tarpon Springs 1950 Plaza Drive, 34689                  727-942-2941              S. Corlett

Venice                 1290 US HWY 41 Bypass South,     941-408-0167              J. Schuckle

                              34292

Winter Haven    350 Ave K SW, 33880                       863-299-3033              D. Glass; C. White

 

 

 

 

FLEET SUPERVISORS / PHONE

                            

                                           Eric Garcia                                                     Randall Johnston

                                           M:  941-713-6449                                        M:  813-629-6633

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