Region 2 News Release: NY 154
August 1, 2000
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
OSHA SIGNS "PLATINUM PARTNERSHIP" WITH ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION IN NEW JERSEY TO RECOGNIZE EMPLOYERS WITH EXEMPLARY SAFETY PROGRAMS
Reduction of fatal falls at construction sites key element of partnership agreement
The U. S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will sign a "Platinum Partnership" agreement with the northern and southern New Jersey chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors Association (ABC) on Tuesday, August 1, at OSHA's Avenel area office, in recognition of those contractors within the association who have demonstrated exemplary safety and health programs at their work sites.
"Falls continue to represent the leading cause of fatal accidents on construction sites. This partnership is a demonstration of OSHA's commitment to work cooperatively with employers who proactively reduce fatalities from falls at their work sites, as some of these ABC contractors have done", said Patricia K. Clark, regional OSHA administrator.
Platinum contractors are required to meet stringent safety guidelines, including:Platinum contractors are required to meet stringent safety guidelines, including:
having an occupational injury and illness rate of less than 8.0 (industry average is 8.8);
having a site specific written safety and health program, based upon either American National Standards Institute or OSHA guidelines, that includes employee involvement;
providing training for employees on hazards specific to their jobs;
providing effective supervisor training modeled on OSHA's 10-hour construction safety course;
designating safety personnel who receive training equivalent to OSHA's 30-hour construction safety training course;
having a track record that includes no willful or repeat serious violations in the last three years, and no fatalities or catastrophic accidents in the last three years that resulted in serious citations.
Over 150 employers belong to the two New Jersey chapters of ABC which together employ more than 1500 workers at construction sites throughout the state.
OSHA provides incentives to employers to enter into platinum partnerships, including
not targeting job sites for a planned or "programmed" inspection within the next 12 months;
conducting an unplanned inspection only in response to reports of imminent danger, a fatality, or catastrophic accident, and a signed complaint;
handling all other complaints, except in cases of serious injuries, by telephone and fax;
not issuing penalties for non-serious violations that are promptly abated;
reducing any citation by the maximum amounts for good faith, size, and history.
ABC is a national association representing approximately 22,000 contractors in 83 chapters across the country. The Association signed a national partnership agreement with OSHA in February.
OSHA can cite employers for various alleged violations found during the course of an inspection. A willful violations is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH act and regulations.
A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm, but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.
OSHA maintains four area offices in New Jersey:
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|Plaza 35-Suite 205
1030 St. Georges Avenue
Avenel, New Jersey
|500 Route 17
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Marlton Executive Park
701 Route 73 South
Building #2 - Room 120
Marlton, New Jersey
299 Cherry Hill Road
Parsippany, New Jersey