NEW JERSEY UTILITIES AUTHORITY JOINT INSURANCE FUND
To: Safety Coordinators, Fund Commissioners and Risk Managers
From: NJUA JIF Safety Director
Date: January 20, 2011
Reference: January 20, 2011 EXECUTIVE SAFETY COMMITTEE MINUTES
The regular meeting of the New Jersey Utilities Authority Joint Insurance Fund Executive Safety
Committee was held on January 20, 2011 at the Hanover Township SA. The following members and
professionals were in attendance. Items listed are not necessarily in the order they were discussed.
Bernards Township SA Nicholas Pietrefesa
Hackettstown MUA Charles Volkert
Hanover SA Joseph Makowski
Hanover SA Peter Tyrrell
Hillsborough MUA Richard Godlewski
Lacey MUA Darren Corragio
Lambertville MUA Thomas Horn
Manasquan River Reg. SA Jerry Thomas
Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Ed Tuberion
Monroe MUA Joseph Mc Grail
Monroe Township MUA William Conlin
Mount Holly MUA Anthony Stagliano
Musconetcong SA Dave Biasi
North Bergen MUA Thomas Schweitzer
Passaic Valley WC Andy Bisesi
Readington-Lebanon SA Jill Plesnarski
Rockaway Valley RSA Maria Brush
Secaucus MUA Brian Beckmeyer
Somerset Raritan Valley Sewage Authority Michael Trent
Toms River MUA Bernie Rutkowski
Two Rivers Water RA Gregory Seaman
Western Monmouth UA Robert Smith
Hardenbergh Joseph Henry
J. A. Montgomery Risk Control Joanne Hall, John Zengel
Danskin Agency Charles Casagrande
PERMA Cate Kiernan, Maxine Tsao
The regular meeting was called to order by 2010 Chair, Maria Brush. Maria commented that she had a
terrific experience acting as Chair for the Executive Safety Committee and enjoyed the time she served
working with the various committees and members. She then turned the Chair over to the new 2011
Chairman, Bernie Rutkowski, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jill Plesnarski will be Vice Chair, Andy Bisesi will be Secretary, and Michael Trent will be Member at
Large for 2011.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The meeting Minutes from the December 15, 2010 meeting were approved and seconded.
Dave Loughlin of J.A. Montgomery, provided a detailed power point program review of the
requirements of recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses and of keeping the OSHA
300 log up to date and posting the OSHA 300A form from February 1 st through April 30th of each year.
This is one of the most frequently cited PEOSH requirements each and every year. If you are unsure
whether to log and injury or illness, it’s best to log it. A line can be drawn through the injury or illness
later on if it turns out not to be a recordable.
Dave reviewed when an injury or illness is considered work related, what type of injury or illness to
record, what is medical treatment and what is not, what is first aid, how to count days away from work
and days of restricted duty, classifying injuries and illnesses, etc.
Dave provided handouts for all of the above, along with examples of how to fill out the logs, examples
of the logs and how to calculate illness and injury rates. The logs must be maintained on-site for a
period of at least 5 years.
Dave showed in the PPP how the monetary fines for failing to comply with PEOSH citations has
escalated. Federal OSHA, who oversees the stated PEOSH Programs, felt the fines imposed by
PEOSH were not sufficient and needed to be increased dramatically. It’s always best not to ignore the
PEOSH person, but to open a line of communication with them and ask questions. Stay in touch and
send emails or faxes of what you have completed and what progress you are making. Dave
commented that you can go online to PEOSH or OSHA and get a copy of the Field Inspectors
Reference Manual which is what the PEOSH Inspectors reference.
Joanne commented that should you get visited and cited by PEOSH for a training requirement, the MSI
will put you at the head of the training list to abate the citation prior to PEOSH returning. You can
contact Andrea Felip @856-552-4740 for any questions on the MSI Training.
Members previously submitted any nominations they had for the Safety Excellence awards that will be
recognized at the Safety Breakfast. A meeting will be held right after the Executive Safety Committee to
determine winner(s). The Safety Director, past and present Chair Persons, etc will make the
Joanne commented that questionnaire notices had been sent out regarding updating of the contact
listings. If you have any more updates get them in now since the listing is being updated.
Chairperson: Mike Trent (SRVSA), and Members: Bernie Rutkowski (TRMUA), Rich Godlewski,
Hillsborough MUA, Anthony Stagliano, Mount Holly MUA, Maria Brush, Rockaway Valley Regional SA,
Jill Plesnarski, Readington-Lebanon SA.
The dates for the Safety Expo’s are September 27th at Camden and November 3rd at Middlesex.
Michael Trent of SRVRSA asked if anyone needs to contact him about the Safety Expo’s or wants to
be on the committee his email address is Michael.Trent@SRVSA.com
A possible Safety Expo Training Class would be Snow Plowing Safety since the Expo’s are just prior to the
winter snow plowing season.
SAFETY DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Joanne Hall reminded everyone that the 2011 schedule for MSI classes has been posted for the next
few months. Be sure to pre-register so you will be notified if there are any changes or cancellations
due to inclement weather.
A Best Practices document was distributed via e-mail concerning Snow Emergencies and plowing.
Please review the document and consider incorporating some of these ideas into your plan.
The Safety Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23 at the Toms River Holiday Inn.
Invitations are in the process of being sent out.
Joanne indicated the theme for 2011 is “Changing the Way We Think About Safety”, which is based on
four core values: Trust, Caring, Knowledge and Communication. They are best demonstrated through
the Implementation of Best Practices and Demonstration of Commitment through Controlling Hazards,
Continuing Education, Communication, Coaching, Claims Management and Accountability. A DVD will
be shown at the Safety Breakfast, and each member will receive a DVD and handouts.
Joanne commented that we need some people to review the 2011 Safety Incentive Program before it is
sent out. Rich Godlewski, Jill Plesnarski, Bernie Rutkowski and Andy Bisesi will help in reviewing the
2011 SIP after the Executive Safety Committee Meeting.
The NJUA has a new member for 2011, East Windsor MUA which is a water and sewer facility. We
may schedule an Executive Safety Committee Meeting in East Windsor MUA later on in 2011.
LOST TIME ACCIDENT FREQUENCY:
The LTAF rate as of December 31, 2010 was 2.08, compared with the MEL average of 2.22. NJUA is
right square in the “middle of the pack” for 2010. There were 43 lost time claims in 2010. 53 of the 73
members had no lost time claims in 2010.
The NJUA year ending LTAF in 2009 was 3.10 compared to the MEL LTAF of 2.70
MEETING TOPIC COMMITTEE:
Chairperson: Jill Plesnarski, Readington-Lebanon SA
Members: Anthony Stagliano, Mt Holly MUA.
Jill commented that anyone wishing to be a member of the committee please come and join in.
The March Meeting is to be in Mt. Holly with the meeting topic “Supervisory Safety Training”.
The April Meeting is to be at Passaic Valley Water Commission with the meeting topic “Homeland Security
Issues for Water and Sewer Utilities”.
The May Meeting may be in Manasquan, but may be changed to the new NJUA member, East Windsor. The
meeting topic has not been chosen.
Possible topics for 2011 are Sewer Back-ups, CDL Driver Updates, and a WC Claims Panel.
Anthony commented maybe we should have a presentation on “How to Manage Doing More With
Less Personnel” since the present economy and cutbacks is already affecting attitudes, and overtime hours
are escalating with less personnel.
Stay tuned for the confirmed meeting dates and locations.
REGULATORY INSPECTION UPDATES
There were no reported PEOSH Inspections at any of the NJUA facilities, however, in Sussex and
Morris County Municipal JIF’s PEOSH has been recently on-site. The most recent was in the Borough
PEOSH cited for the usual damaged extension cord and electric outlet grounding not sufficient, which
are easy to take care of, but they also cited for not having a Personal Protective Equipment Policy and
not having the Hazard Assessments.
J.A. Montgomery has a Model PPE Policy on file and has an assortment of Hazard Assessments that
can be changed to fit your facility.
John z. will forward to Bernie or Cate to post on the website.
With no further business to discuss, Chairman Bernie Rutkowski adjourned the regular meeting at