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On March 13, 2008, the August Area Office in Region I and the Consigli Construction Company formed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) to promote worker safety and health during the $37 million Penobscot County Judicial Center construction project in Bangor, Maine. The project involved the construction of a 900,000-square-foot structure that incorporated seven courtrooms and a parking garage. Eight employers participated in the OSP which covered 110 workers. The project successfully concluded on October 1, 2009.
OSP Promotes Safety and Health by Increasing Safety and Health Management Systems and Safety Training, and Reducing Injury and Illness Rates
In addition, over the course of the project, daily and weekly comprehensive self-inspections were conducted resulting in 98 hazards or serious violations being identified and corrected/abated.
Key goals of the OSP were to: reduce workforce fatalities, serious injuries, and
illnesses and provide a safe work environment for employees at the project;
reduce by five percent annually the number of injuries, illnesses, and
fatalities affecting participating employers (with an emphasis on reducing
injuries and fatalities resulting from falls, struck-by, caught-in/between,
electrocution, and trenching); decrease worker compensation costs and the number
of OSHA citations for this project.