IBEW Local 1245 members work in an unforgiving industry, where a single lapse in judgment can bring serious injury or death. Despite the progress that unions have made, each year more than 6 million US workers are injured or become sick on the job, 50,000+ US workers die from occupational illness, and nearly 6,000 are killed on the job. Safety is IBEW 1245’s top priority. Here’s what we are doing to help our members stay safe.
JOINT SAFETY COMMITTEES with our employers give workers a chance to take safety issues directly to the boss.
THE IBEW 1245 SAFETY COMMITTEE monitors safety conditions throughout the union’s area of operations. The Safety Committee has a rotating membership, drawn from various Local 1245 employers.
THE PEER TO PEER SAFETY INITIATIVE puts members themselves directly in charge of looking out for their own safety and the safety of their brothers and sisters on the job. This initiative consists of three programs: Hold the Pull (Electric), Control the Pressure (Gas), and Keep the Clearance (Trees).
SAFETY STEWARDS appointed by the union are volunteers who understand safe work practices, follow them, encourage others to do the same, and intervene when necessary to address unsafe work practices.
NEAR-MISS REPORTING, also known as Close Call reporting, provides members a chance to anonymously report near-misses so that others can learn from their experience.
UNIT MEETINGS give every member in the union a chance to report on accidents, which unit officers then report to the IBEW Local 1245 Safety Committee.
INTERVENING WITH STATE AGENCIES to help shape safety rules and regulations that affect our members.
LOBBYING STATE LEGISLATORS to help shape safety legislation that affects our members.
Please check all the links at left for more information on IBEW 1245’s efforts to improve safety on the job.