The purpose of the Communication Subcommittee is to establish an effective information sharing process, where all members of the Tri-Lateral are kept informed of the latest decisions, news, and updates.
This page will serve as the avenue where information can be published for all members to be able to access and reference at any given time.
Please check back frequently for the most current information regarding the SST.
News and Updates
2023 Regional Training Schedules - December 6, 2022
The 2023 Regional Training Schedules are available.
Mark Walker and Will O'Gwynn recognized for stop work initiatives - October 2022
In two separate instances, Mark Walker and Will O'Gwynn stopped workers in situations where their safety could be at risk.
Employees recognized for stop work submissions - September 2022
- Employees were preparing to remove a pump and relocate it to a different relief well. They had the valve closed to isolate the pump, but no lock on the valve. Will O'Gwynn asked about the task and recommended they stop to have a LOTO placed on the valve. The crew was thankful for Will recognizing the issue and bringing it to their attention.
- Joshua Pearson had two stop works turned in. First, he was picking up employees at the end of the shift in the site bus. An excavator operator shut down his equipment but left the excavator bucket in the air. Josh stopped him from getting on the bus and had him go back to lower the bucket to the ground. Second he was getting the bus fueled by the fueling crew. As the fueler began to fill the bus, he walked away from the nozzle while it was pumping. Joshua got the attention of the fueler and explained to prevent a spill he could not leave the hose unattended.
- Makayla Weaver was driving a dump truck when she observed a site truck run a stop sign on the ash pond. She flagged the truck down and inquired if the driver knew that they had run the stop sign. The truck driver stated that they did not see it but were thankful for being reminded. As a result, the sign was placed on a taller stand to be more visible.
COVID-19 Update - October 2022
There are no longer any restrictions above and beyond what the CDC recommends. Please refer to their website for any needed information: Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19.
Marcus Jones recognized for stop work submission - September 2022
Marcus Jones stopped work when he noticed a lift basket cross over a red barricade.
John Kiper recognized for stop work action - September 2022
John Kiper stopped work to avoid a potential fall exposure at a manhole.
Rob Young and Chris Stowe recognized for stop work interventions - Second Quarter 2022
These employees were recognized:
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Martiniz Curry
Martiniz Curry observed a work area was in need of repair and cleanup before work could proceed safely.
SST Training Coordinator Ken Russell Retires - September 2022
Contact the new Training Coordinator Rob Dzurino for training at:
Rob Dzurino - Training Coordinator
Office 1-800-648-3271, Extension 5225
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Robert Russell, Joshua Pearson and Buddy Hickman (Trans Ash)
Robert Russell, Joshua Pearson and Buddy Hickman were recognized by site management and the Barry SST site champion for using their stop work authority in July 2022.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Blake Baria and Trey Lawless (Trans Ash)
Blake Baria and Trey Lawless were recognized by site management and the Barry SST site champion for using their stop work authority in July 2022.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Chantel George and Nail Davidson, BVCI
Chantel George and Nail Davidson were recognized by site management and the Barry SST site champion for their stop work submissions in June.
SWA Recognition - Rodney Moore, Adrian Hare, Trevor Pafford, Lamar Woodson
These employees were rewarded and recognized by site management and the site SST champ for their awareness and interventions.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Chris Holliman
Chris Holliman observed a vendor dump truck was in the process of dumping fill material on uneven ground.
Ladder Safety Alert - June 2022
The safety alert Step Right Up to Ladder Safety provides safety tips that can help prevent ladder accidents.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Jesse Tuner, Blake Baria and Jeremy Lott
These employees were recognized by site management for their interventions:
- Jesse Tuner noticed that a washout had been concealed when workers were placing seeds and hay along a dike.
- Blake Baria stopped work to wait for the proper extraction equipment when a dump truck became stuck.
- Jeremy Lott radioed other operators in the area to stop as he noticed that a coworker placing cones along the edge of a roadway had walked too far from his guard vehicle.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Derrick Stevens
Derrick Stevens stopped a coworker who was climbing a ladder with a drill in his hand to remind him to secure the tool.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Jarquinn Thompson
Jarquinn Thompson stopped work to ask a coworker to replace his worn-out tool lanyard.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Nate Brown and Brian Seyrek
Nate and Brian stopped all traffic in an area to ensure the safety of persons on the ground.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Arturo Guzman
While insulating on an air heater expansion joint Arturo Guzman called a Stop Work when he noticed an electrical wire smoking in the conduit.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Bobby Arnold
Bobby Arnold decided to pause work when he observed an employee using a high torque without use of hand protection (impact gloves).
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Darian Sidney
While a crew was changing out a gearbox on the Unit 1 pac silo Darian Sidney noticed an attempt to remove the coupling put both EEs in pinch-point positions.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Sherika Davis
Sherika Davis was tasked with cleaning up a large water spill in the Unit 1 control room when she discovered cables with exposed ends laying in the standing water.
Troy Tacchi recognized for Stop Work Authority action - April 2022
During preparation to remove a dredge pump, Troy Tacchi called for a Stop Work when he observed the connected shackles did not appear to be sized correctly.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Drake Catchings
Drake Catchings was recognized for using his stop work authority when the close proximity of two trucks offloading was potentially unsafe. A new traffic pattern was established to prevent the issue from recurring.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Leonard Addison
Leonard Addison (Trans Ash Operator) was recognized for using his stop work authority when he recognized a subcontractor had entered his work area without notification and not following the man on the ground procedure.
Stop Work Authority Recognitions - Charles Davidson, Grant Coaker and Joseph Bush
Charles Davidson, Grant Coaker and Joseph Bush were recognized for using their stop work authority. Charles Davidson stopped work when he found their JSA did not have specific hazards for the job to be performed. Grant Coaker observed two articulating dump trucks, traveling in opposite directions, attempting to use the same entrance ramp at the same time. Joseph Bush was present when a vendor pump company was stopped and made to review the LOTO with the crew.
Stop Work Authority Recognitions - Grant Coaker, Chase Green and Blake Baria
Grant Coaker, Chase Green and Blake Baria were recognized for using their stop work authority. Grant Coaker was recognized for his commitment to safety and his continued promotion of stop work authority to his crew. Chase Green stopped and instructed a contractor attempting to make a U-turn in a truck crane on the narrow ash pond road. Blake Baria stopped and spoke an employee that was beginning to move an aerial lift without wearing a safety harness.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Chris Sasser
Chris Sasser was recognized for using his stop work authority when he noticed a new hire was not using the safety approved tool buckets that are allowed at height.
Stop Work Authority Recognition - Finnell "Nail" Davidson
Finnell "Nail" Davidson was recognized for using his stop work authority when he observed another company preparing to work inside of an electrical sump and noticed that their air monitor hose was only approximately 2 feet deep inside the sump.
Stop Work Authority Recognitions - Jacob Gray, Blake Baria and Steven Beck
Jacob Gray, Blake Baria and Steven Beck were recognized for using their stop work authority. Jacob Gray saw an employee setting up to refuel a piece of equipment and noticed he was not wearing safety glasses. Blake Baria recognized that a new excavator operator was tracking parallel to the ditch that he was excavating in the ash pond. Steven Beck witnessed an employee using a breaker box as a switching device for a submersible water pump.
Stop Work Authority Recognitions - Darnell Harris and Norman Harris
Darnell Harris and Norman Harris were recognized for using their stop work authority.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates - March 2022
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines and Screening Questions have been updated. For detailed information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates page.
Stop Work Authority Recognitions - Jordan Steele and Benny Eubanks
Jordan Steele and Benny Eubanks were recognized for using their stop work authority at Plant Barry during the week of Feb. 21, 2022.
Stop Work Authority Metrics - February 2022
The Stop Work Authority Metrics for year to date 2021 are available.
Stop Work Authority Recognitions - Phillip Drake
Phillip Drake was recognized for using his stop work authority.
2022 Regional Training Schedules - December 2021
The 2022 Regional Training Schedules are available.
Stop Work Authority Recognitions - Willie Watkins
Willie Watkins from GA West was recognized for a great SWA.
Stop Work Authority Metrics - October 2021
The Stop Work Authority Metrics have been updated to reflect 2021 YTD (as of 10/05/21).
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines have been updated - June 2021
Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates page to view the new guidelines for suppliers and vendors.
The SST Committee votes in a new Chairman - May 2021
The SST Committee voted in a new Chairman, Chad Kendrick, that was announced on May 18th and became effective immediately.
Chad is looking forward to leading the Southern Safety Tri-Lateral in future endeavors. Please join us in welcoming Chad to the SST.
The 2021 SST Safety Leadership Training Schedules are available - December 2020
The 2021 SST Regional Safety Leadership Training Schedules have been posted.
Current Requirements for Attending a Regional Class - June 2020
For the foreseeable future, those attending training should expect the following:
- Temperature scan before entering
- Attendees will have to sign a form stating they are not sick
- Liability form- attendees will have to sign a form releasing the state from any liability if they were to contract COVID-19 (this is because Bevill employees are state employees)
- Each session will be limited to 15 attendees in order to comply with 6 feet social distancing
- Instructor will be wearing a mask and attendees are expected to do the same
Training to reopen beginning with July classes - June 2020
2020 SST Regional Training Schedules have been reposted and classes will begin in July.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates - April 2020
All Training Cancelled/Postponed Until Further Notice - April 2020
- Southern Safety Tri-Lateral First Line Supervisor Training and Recertification classes have been cancelled/postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic and until further notice. Those currently signed up have been notified by Bevill of the cancellation. Check back with the website for updates.
2020 SST Safety Leadership Training Schedules available - November 2019
Updated Training FAQ - June 2019
2019 SST Training Updates and Additional Information - April 2019
- The SST First Line Supervisor/Foreman 'Safety Leadership Recertification Training' is available and is an 8-hour session (including lunch and breaks). As a friendly reminder, recertification is required before the 3-year anniversary date of the last recertification. If you have someone who has been trained but aren't sure when their certification expires, please contact Bevill State (listed below).
- The 2019 regional schedules for both the 16-hour initial training as well as the 8-hour recertification training are now available on the SST website for those wanting to attend a regional class. These schedules include options for Train the Trainer version as well as the First Line Supervisor/Foreman version. For details, visit the Safety Leadership Training page.
- You may also contact Bevill to set up specific classes for your organization, as well as to schedule test proctoring. Please specify whether you want the 16-hour Initial Training or the 8-hour Recertification Training. You will also need to specify whether you want the Train the Trainer version or the First-Line Supervisor/ Foreman version.
To schedule training and/or end of training assessment, contact Bevill State Community College at:
Ken Russell- Training Coordinator
Office 1-800-648-3271, Extension 5225
- Please give Bevill at least a 1 week notice for classes to be taught or for test proctoring. This is so that they may maintain their schedule and have an available individual to teach, as well as, it being helpful in making their travel arrangements as needed.
- You can find a list of FAQs here: Safety Leadership Training FAQ
SST Stop Work Authority Recognizes Safe Workers - April 2019
- Check out the latest Stop Work Recognition examples posted to the website.
SST Stop Work Authority Intervention and Video Update - November 2018
The SST Stop Work Authority Intervention presentation is available for use. Links to the videos "Generational Differences" and "5 Steps of Intervention" are included in the presentation.
2019 SST Regional 'Safety Leadership Training' Class Schedule - October 2018
To provide more flexibility and options to our contractors around class availability and location, the SST Training Subcommittee has worked with Bevill State Community College to develop a schedule of regional training classes for 2019. These classes will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Click on the link below to see the schedule.
If you have questions or would like to schedule training, please review the FAQ document at the link below:
2018 SST Regional 'Safety Leadership Training' Class Schedule Update - December 2017
To provide more flexibility and options to our contractors around class availability and location, the SST Training Subcommittee has worked with Bevill State Community College to develop a schedule of regional training classes for 2018. These classes will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Click on the link below to see the schedule.
If you have questions or would like to schedule training, please review the FAQ document at the link below:
New SST Site Is Available - July 2017
The new Southern Safety Tri-Lateral (SST) website is now available and is accessible from any computer, tablet or mobile device that has an internet connection. Please visit the website for the latest updates, information on training, best practices, and much more. Share the link listed below or save it as one of your favorites today. www.southernsafetytrilateral.com
Site Safety Champion Focus Group Meetings - Summer 2017
Site Safety Champion focus group meetings have been held at Plant Bowen, Plant Barry, and Plant Scherer, with one scheduled for Plant Miller on July 31st. The meetings are coordinated by corporate safety personnel and provide attendees an opportunity to share SST updates, review the goals and objectives of the site safety champions, and to provide feedback and recommendations.
Attendees may include the OpCo Safety Coordinators, Plant Safety Specialist, E&CS Safety Specialist, Plant Safety Rover, Site Safety Champion, and Contractor Safety Leads.
As a reminder:
- The Site Safety Champions were established as part of the Southern Safety Tri-Lateral (SST) initiative and are selected from contractor craft personnel at sites with significant contractor resources.
- The role is intended to be a point person for safety, coordinate walk-downs, and help share best practices, alerts, and lessons learned among site safety representatives.
- The role is similar to the Plant Safety Rover, but is an external craft person.
- This SST Site Safety Champion Focus Group meeting will facilitate introductions and discussions among safety representatives from OpCo Corp, Plants, E&CS, and Contractors.