Local 338 is an amalgamated union representing four separate bargaining units: Kaiser Aluminum - production/maintenance and clerical/technical workers, Kaiser Alutek workers, and LB Foster pre-cast/railroad ties division workers. We number more than 1000 private sector members who work primarily in manufacturing industries in North Eastern Washington.


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Health & Safety
Rolf Laurin

Sisters and Brothers,

I would like to talk about some issues that are near and dear to me, “Pre-Operational Inspections”. Performing these types of inspections typically only takes a few minutes at the start of each shift, but it’s easy to put it off or forget to do them.

For crane pre-op inspections, filling these cards out in the right manner is a federal requirement and not something that management says “Do it because I said so”. This is done by marking an “S” (satisfactory) in every box that applies to your crane or a “U” (unsatisfactory) should something not function as intended. It is our job at that point to contact the supervisor and have the crane crew inspect the crane. Should something happen to the machinery during the course of the day, because we all know failures happen, it is in our best interest to be able to show that we performed the inspection and everything looked good at that time.

With mobile equipment we take a different route and do not fill out each box after inspection, unless there is a problem in any of the grey highlighted boxes. These functions are vital to the safe operation of the vehicle and need to be addressed immediately. If drivable, take the equipment to the garage or truck shop for repair. If not, attach a “Do Not Operate” or “Caution” tag to it and notify your foreman.

Please take a few minutes out of your day to perform inspections on the cranes and vehicles you operate. As operators we are responsible to complete and sign the inspections every shift. We perform pre-inspections not only for safety but we also want to ensure the equipment is running the way it was intended.

Work Safe!
Randy Robinson
South Area Safety Rep