UWUA Safety Resources and Training Offerings

The Safety Committee is dedicated to sharing resources and insights that empower UWUA members to protect themselves and their peers while they are on the job. The below information spotlights recent safety alerts, common injury causes, prevention strategies and safety training background.

This information is shared with the aim to decrease the number of workplace incidents and to support members’ effort to be proactive about promoting safety.

For more information or to hear more about safety training offerings for your local please contact UWUA Safety Director Scotty MacNeill.

Overview:

  • Notices and Safety Alerts
  • Near-Miss Program Overview
  • Safety Information and Resources
  • Close Calls and Near Miss Reports
  • Safety Committee Contact Information

Notices and Safety Alerts

Safety alerts/close calls/near misses

This resource is an anonymous compilation of incidents or near-incidents impacting UWUA members, intended to educate members to prevent similar incidents.


Near Miss Program

A near-miss incident in the workplace is an event that does not result in an injury, illness or damage, but had the potential to do so. Reporting and sharing these experiences offers an opportunity to learn about the circumstances that lead to the near-incident in order to improve safety. For more information about how to set up your own near-miss program check on the below overview.


Helpful resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA’s Chemicals and Toxics website is a helpful resource to members interested to learn more about common chemical substances and offers recent news alerts about these substances such as new research and reporting violations.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

PHMSA’s website features quick links to pipeline data and statistics including incident trends, damage prevention reports, and safety enforcement programs

  • Enter the Energy Safe Kids Contest
    The 811 Video Contest is an exciting contest that provides teaching and learning opportunities for you and your students on the critical topic of safety awareness. Students who understand the importance of being safe near underground pipelines and where energy sources are present are better prepared to make critical decisions that will ensure a safe environment. This contest is open to all students in the U.S. and U.S. territories in grades 9-12.
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA offers tips and resources for staying safe on the job.

Safe and Sound (OSHA)

Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign by OSHA to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program. This website offers guidance for how to initiate and participate in these programs to generate greater awareness of safety protocols.

National Safety Council

The National Safety Council aims to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. The website offers toolkits to address opioid use at work, provides resources about fall-prevention training, struck-by prevention and more.

Incident Prevention Conference

The Incident Prevention (IP) conference brings together leading safety and operations experts to share utility safety insights. Attendees include safety personnel, foreman, trainers and more.

Safety committee contact info

John “Scotty” MacNeill, CUSP
National Safety Director/Organizer
202-706-2719


UWUA Safety Representatives

Listed by industry & region

Electric

Gas

Water

Region I:
Brian Hannon, Local 369Vincent Vales, Local 1-2
Region I:

Victor Villalba, Local 1-2

Region I:

Ronnie Joe Brooks, Jr., Local 393

Region II:
Mark Wineman, Local 102
Region II:
Jesse Gil, Local 686
Region II:
Dale Heineman, Local 433
Region III:

Jerry Lanham, Local 270

Region III:

Chairman
Jim Davis, Local G-555

Region III:
Cliff Deem, Local 425
Region IV:

Les Wutka, MSUWC

Region IV:

Leroy Huckleberry, Local 223

Jack Tornabene, Local 18007

Region IV:

Dean Wymer, Local 335

Region V:
Chauffee Schirmer, Local 127
Region V:

Mercurio Moore, Local 132

John Talarico, Local 132

Region V:

Chairman
Kevin Uraine, Local 283