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Structure Tone Organization (#640)

Date Signed:
February 19, 2008
Date Concluded:
January 7, 2009
Contact Information:
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, (202) 693-2213
Structure Tone Organization, Department of Labor, occupational Safety and Health Administration
Partnership Agreements

Partnership Overview:

The hazards associated with the construction industry are well documented. These hazards increase in complexity in typical multi-story or large complex interior renovation type projects. The Structure Tone organization (STO) supports the efforts of OSHA towards the reduction and/or elimination of these hazards and recognizes the importance and value of leadership commitment in this regard. To facilitate OSHA's goal of reducing occupational-related fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry, OSHA and STO agree to the joint implementation of this partnership.

Partnership Goals:

The Structure Tone Organization and OSHA will work in partnership to accomplish three key goals:

  • Reduce Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) and Days Away Restricted, Transfer Case Incidence Rate (DART) by 3% each year
  • Improve safety and health management systems (SHMS) for sub-contractors at partner sites
  • Develop safety and health outreach tools and/or hazard awareness materials for Hispanic workers
Partnership Objectives:

Partnership goals will be achieved through strategies and objectives that include:

  • Develop a system to track and address incidences related to falls, electrical, caught-between and struck by hazards
  • Implement a safety and heath management system consistent with the requirements of 29 CFR 1926 and OSHA's 1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
  • Develop criteria for a model contractor SHMS
  • Provide safety and health training and educational materials to all onsite contractors
  • Develop tools to include but not limited to: bi-lingual project signage, bi-lingual orientation, bi-lingual tool box talks and subcontractor support utilizing bi-lingual foreman and supervision
Partnership Results:
  • Approximately 25,000 hours of training were provided to workers through the partnership
  • Over 11,000 training hours were provided in Spanish and over 13,000 were provided in English
  • A total of 7,000 employees were trained
Partnership Conclusion:

By mutual agreement, the partners decided it was best to terminate the partnership at the National level. Structure Tone Organization will contact the appropriate OSHA Regional Office to begin a dialogue on moving forward with new opportunities to partner on a local level.

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