On August 13, 2008, OSHA and Skanska USA Civil Northeast / E.C.C.O. III, known
as the SEW Construction Joint Venture, signed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP)
during the construction of the Catskill and Delaware Water Treatment Ultraviolet
Light Disinfection Facility in Valhalla, NY. The project will involve
construction of site structures, including all structural and architectural work
and finishes, appurtenant equipment, furnishings, special construction,
conveying equipment, piping, gates, valves, instrumentation and controls. In
addition, the project will construct a generator building containing four
emergency standby generators and water conveyances between the structures,
including concrete encasement. It is anticipated that the facility will be
capable of disinfecting a maximum flow of 2,020 million gallons per day.
Reduced Injury and Illness Rates - Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and
Days Away, Restricted, and Transferred (DART) Rate
With nearly 700,000 man-hours worked to date, the OSP has achieved a Total Case
Incident Rate (TCIR) of 2.14, which is about 60 percent below the national
average for Heavy Construction (NAIACS Code 23493). The OSP has also achieved a
Total Days Away from Restricted work activity or job Transfer (DART) rate of
0.61 which is approximately 79 percent below the national average for Heavy
Construction (NAIACS Code 23493).
The OSP has established a safe working environment with initiatives such as: a
six foot fall rule and 100 percent fall protection for all on site; crane
signaling certification; implementing a stretch; flex morning exercise program
and 1,000 hours per month dedicated to “Safety Module and Competent Person
Training.” The OSP is enjoying a newly forged working relationship between
government, industry employers, labor, and trade associations.
In addition, a mandatory glove policy was implemented. By introducing the
benefits of Kevlar protection, hand injuries were reduced by nearly 50 percent.
|BLS National Average
for NAICS 23493
Some of the goals of the OSP include: a project DART rate that is 25 percent
less than the national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) average; encouraging
local construction subcontractors involved in the project to improve their
safety and health performance; and fostering a sustainable working relationship
between government and industry.
Origin: Region II, Tarrytown Area Office
Partners: OSHA Region 2 Tarrytown Area Office, SEW Construction Joint Venture,
The Building Council and Trade Council of Westchester, The Construction Industry
Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley, Inc., The New York City Department of
Environmental Protection and the New York State Department of Labor - Division
of Safety and Health On-site Consultation Program.
Partnership Signed: August 13, 2008
Industry: Heavy Construction (SIC 1629)
Source: CAS Tom McCarthy, Tarrytown Area Office