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In December 2008, OSHA’s Philadelphia Area Office in Region III, Torcon, Inc., and the Building Trades of Philadelphia formed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) to promote safety and health during the construction of the new 55,000 square foot Samuels and Son Seafood processing facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Main goals of the OSP included attaining injury and illness rates that were below the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) national average for the construction industry and continue to reduce these rates annually by at least four percent during the project. Twelve employers participated in the OSP covering 250 employees. The construction project was successfully completed in July 2009.
OSP Attains Zero Recordable Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities and Promotes Proactive Collaboration between Management and Labor
As part of the contract pre-bid qualifications and prior to work being initiated
on this project, Torcon required that each subcontractor submit both corporate
and project specific safety plans (including job safety analysis) for all major
tasks associated with the scope of their work. Torcon also required that each
site subcontractor provide an on-site competent person certifying that they had
received an OSHA 10- and 30-hour construction course. Finally, each
subcontractor was required to perform weekly tool box safety talks which also
had to be submitted to the general contractor.
Key objectives of the OSP were to: develop a government/contractor/labor
collaboration that encourages construction contractors to improve their safety
and health performance; strive for the elimination of serious accidents in the
construction industry; and recognize contractors with exemplary safety and
health management systems.