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Recognizing the need for a safe and healthy work environment for employees performing work during the reconstruction of Interstate 64, Gateway Constructors and OSHA’s Region VII’s St. Louis Area Office formed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) in April 2007. The primary goals of the OSP are to maintain injury and illness rates that are below the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) national average for the construction industry without any fatalities, increase safety and health training, and to implement effective safety and health management systems (SHMS). The 2008 evaluation revealed that the OSP has 32 employers participating which impacted over 450 employees within the construction industry. The OSP is scheduled to conclude December 2010.
Training Increases and Injury and
Illness Rates Decline - total case incident rate (TCIR) and the Days Away,
Restricted and Transfer (DART)
One of the OSP key goals is to promote safety and health by increasing training opportunities for OSP participants. During 2008 approximately 320 employees and 90 supervisors received almost 3100 hours of safety and health training. Training covered a wide range of topics including: lead, silica, fall protection, supervisor training on core safety systems and the “Stop/Top program, as well as the OSHA 10-hour course.
The key objectives of the OSP are to: Implement a fall protection plan where
work is being performed six feet or more above a lower surface; develop a
comprehensive inspection system that will cover a variety of construction
hazards; offer and conduct training for employers and employees to help them
properly identify and abate hazards; and require all contractors and
subcontractors to develop and implement safety and health management systems.