The Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership is a formal collaboration of industry stakeholders, working together to improve safety for workers in the electric line construction industry. It is one of only a few national partnerships between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Partnership goals include the following:
- Analyze accident and incident data to identify common causes for fatalities, injuries and illnesses suffered by linemen, apprentices and other appropriate job classifications.
- Develop recommended Best Practices for each identified cause.
- Develop implementation strategies for each Best Practice and promote these strategies among the partners.
- Identify training criteria for foremen, general foremen, supervisors, linemen and apprentices, including training to create industry culture change to place value on safety and health.
History of the Partnership
The Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership began in August 2004 with six members. Additional line constructors joined over time, and the partnership was renewed and expanded in 2006, and again in 2008. By 2023, the Partnership had grown to its current size of twelve partner companies. Today, the Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership covers an estimated 80 percent of total workers in the line construction industry.
Read the full text of the agreement here.
Structure and Organization
The Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership is organized into an Executive Team, a Steering Team, and Task Teams.
The Executive Team is the policy-setting body of the partnership. It is made up of company presidents and senior representatives of other member organizations.
Jose R. Mas, MasTec Inc., CEO, serves as chairman of the Executive Team.
The Steering Team is the operational arm of the Partnership. It is made up of safety vice presidents and safety directors of member organizations. The chair of the Steering Team is:
Nick DiMartino, MasTec, Vice President, Corporate Safety
Task Teams are formed at need to accomplish tasks related to the Partnership’s mission. Currently, there are three Task Teams:
- Data Analysis Task Team
Chair: Maryann Buelow – Utilities Services, Inc.
- Training Task Team
Chair: Travis Johnson – MDU Construction Services Group, Inc.
- Communications Task Team
Chair: William Koss – Michels Corporation