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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

Regional OSP Safety Meeting July 19, 2016

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**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.

  • 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.

 

-Electrical outlet testers. (Resolved)

  • Many techs conveyed at Day of Safety that they did not have this piece of equipment. Noah asked for the advocates and LCOMs to go back and ensure that these get ordered for those who currently do not have one. Joey Santiago committed to follow up for Eastern Division.

Updates / Discussion

  • This issue seems to have been resolved. None of the advocates spoke up when asked if there was still a need to get these ordered for their area.

 

-Cold closure training

  • 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.

 

 

 

**Issues from January 26, 2016**

-RF meter locations

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

Updates / Discussion

  • Marty did receive a partial list. Josh Saladino will reach out to the areas that are missing in order to get the list complete. Joey Santiago offered to assist if needed. Once complete, the list will be shared with the appropriate work groups. Update to be given at our next meeting.

 

-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.

 

-Incomplete sidewalk sleever kits in New Port (Resolved)

  • If anyone does not have a complete kit, contact Earl or Josh for the correct order IDs.

Updates / Discussion

  • The only discussion we had regarding this issue was if the sledge hammer should weigh six or eight pounds, six pounds was determined to be the proper size. It was also clarified that there would not be a kit for each employee, that they should be stored at the yard and available when needed. Nobody spoke up saying that they did not have access to a kit in their area.

-Tarpon Springs work center address

  • 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.

-Vehicle maintenance issues (Resolved)

  • Justin Horne brought up some concerns regarding vehicle maintenance. Examples of vehicles going 12,000 miles past their recommended oil change, engine light repeatedly come on, and other routine issues that are difficult to get addressed.

Updates / Discussion

  • Justin Horne reported that things have gotten much better in his yard and that they were nearly all caught up with PMs.

  • There was great dialogue between the representatives from fleet and the rest of the safety committee. David Carman and Eric Garcia are from fleet management and they reminded everyone to continue to do their daily safety checks and to refer any truck issues to the garage ASAP. We also discussed the roles and responsibilities of the contractors who are currently helping the garages get caught up. If there are any issues with a PM done by a contractor, David asked that they be referred to him.

**New Issues / Ownership**

1.Tire pressure stickers on the vehicles.

Eric Garcia told us that the mix up with the tires has been corrected and that this should not be an issue any longer. He went on to explain that the correct air pressure for any vehicle is located on a sticker on the door panel. He asked that we let everyone know to refer to that sticker for the proper tire inflation.

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

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.

 

3. Regular Safety Meetings (Jamie McElman)

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.

 

4. Different Shirt Styles (Kelly Austin)

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.

5. Gatorade (Geno Flori)

Kipp also brought up that they don't seem to be able to get any more Gatorade in supply. Geno said that he would check with logistics to see if there is an issue on their end and if we can expedite the orders.

6. Stress (All Advocates)

Troy Hamrick wanted to remind everyone that there is still a high stress level being felt by all of the employees. He would like for us to let everyone know that they shouldn't keep the stress bottled up and that it is good to talk about the different things that are affecting them.

7. PPE (All Advocates)

Ron Corgan asked us to go back to our areas and remind everyone that we need to continue using or hard hats and vests. We should be working under the same policies that Verizon had until Frontier comes out with their own.

8. Garage PPE (Josh Saladino)

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.

9. Circle Check / Driving (All Advocates)

Vernon Burrell asked for us to remind everyone to continue doing their circle checks on their vehicle. He also would like for us to remind everyone about defensive driving and to put special emphasis on following distance. He mentioned that now that the rainy season is here, roadways will often be wet and that we need to adjust our driving accordingly.

 

10. 36inch Cones (Jamie McElman)

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.

11. Ladder Strap

James Gooden had a question about the proper way to use a ladder strap. It was shared that the proper method is determined by the manufacturer and that he would need to refer to those instructions. The older ladder straps require the straps to run straight between the ladder and the pole. The newer ladder straps require that the straps cross one another to form an X between the ladder and the pole.

12. Attic Blower Kits (All Advocates)

Wayne Craig asked where we were at with getting attic blower kits distributed out to the yards. The committee was under the impression that this issue was closed but after some discussion it seems that it is not. Josh Saladino asked for the advocates to go back to their areas and make sure that there was an attic blower kit available to use. If one can't be found, he asked for them to work with the LCOM and ACOM to get a kit put together. If there are any road blocks, refer them to Josh to get it addressed. *Joey Santiago provided an update after the meeting and said that he was not able to locate an attic blower kit anywhere in Eastern Division and that he will get it addressed.

13. Ladders (Steve Johnson)

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.

 

 

 

Minutes Prepared by Josh Saladino   

Inside Plant Safety Committe Meeting August 25, 2010

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The Inside Plant Safety Committee met on August 25th.  Howard Driggers, who works in the St Pete Fsrc, led the meeting with a power point presentation on Ergonomics. He explained that ergonomics is the art and science of reducing physical and psychological problems that might arise from the interaction between people, equipment and the environment.  The risk factors are force, frequency and posture. Force exertions increase your risk of injury. This is caused when your desk is not set up to where everything is within easy reach.

 

Another cause of injury is a workstation that is not set up specifically for you.  It starts with the height of you chair. Your chair height adjustment should ensure that your thighs are parallel with the floor, with a right angle at the knees, with your feet flat on the floor or footrest, if needed.

 

Next, you need to verify the keyboard placement is set up where your wrists are straight while keying. This is to ensure that there is no bend in your wrist up or down. When your wrists are bent slightly in either direction the tendons can get irritated and swell which puts pressure on the median nerve. That is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and can be extremely painful.

 

In setting up your personal workstation you will also need to make sure your monitor is set up for you. Raise or lower the monitor so that the top of the screen is level or slightly below eye level. This will alleviate pains in your neck from either having to look up or down. It should also be an arms length away from you and in line with the keyboard. This will eliminate the need for turning your neck.

 

Ensuring correct posture is another element of ergonomics. Awkward postures can be caused by your workstation not being set up for you specifically. When you sit in a non-neutral position you are putting uneven forces on your lower back, which cause lower back pain.

 

There is a numerical calculation to setting up your personal workstation. If you need help verifying you work station is set up for you properly please contact your union safety advocate.

     

     In Solidarity,

         Danny     

OSP Safety Meeting August 18, 2010

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The Outside Plant Safety Committee met on August 18. The meeting started with a report of the on-the-job injuries that occurred since our last meeting in June. Those injuries ranged in severity from strains, sprains and pulled muscles to bee/wasp stings. These injuries accounted for 118 days of lost work and 92 days of restricted duty. Please remember to work safe everyday.

 

Since our last meeting we had 11 vehicle accidents. The majority of these accidents were hitting fixed objects. The objects that were hit were posts, telephone poles, parked cars, overhead pipes and a stop sign.  Always walk around the vehicle looking for fixed objects prior to moving the vehicle.

 

We have received many calls requesting safety guidelines. We requested that Verizon provide a booklet with all the safety guidelines be made available to every employee. These guidelines have been put into a booklet and will be given to each employee. These books were handed out at the meeting to the committee and a case was given to each local manager to be given out in their respective area.

 

We also previewed a video on electrical safety awareness. This video will be shown in every work center within the next few weeks. In the video a lineman for a power company explains how his life was forever changed in a fraction of a second. He explains that if he had only followed the safety practices and procedures that were in place he would not have been injured. He was in a hurry and did not think “IT” would happen to him.   Unfortunately, now he lives his life totally dependent on his wife. His lapse in judgment cost him both legs, part of his right arm and 2 fingers on his left arm. I cannot stress enough how important it is to follow the proper safety practices and take your time to ensure you go home to your family safe.   

 

Lastly, basic CPR classes are being scheduled for all tool-carrying members. This was a topic that was brought up in our last meeting in June of this year.

 

Remember our ultimate goal- Everyone goes home safe!!!

 

In Solidarity,

  Danny

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