OSHA, Turner Construction, the Building Trades Employers' Association, and the Building and
Construction Trades Council are partnering at the
Sloan Kettering Memorial worksite in Manhattan,
New York, to promote a worksite with an enhanced emphasis on safety and health. In addition to
reducing injury and illness rates, the Partnership is changing the safety culture at the jobsite for
Contractor Safety and Health
A key component of the Partnership is a "gap analysis" comparing contractor safety and health
management systems with the project requirements. Turner Construction provides assistance to
contractors to bring the contractor's programs up to Partnership requirements. The Partnership
onsite safety manager reviews each contractor program to ensure that all required elements are
included, and that the program is specific enough so proper safety and health procedures are
followed on the jobsite.
The Partnership also emphasizes Turner Construction's existing policy to incorporate specific safety
and health performance requirements into their contracts, and only hire contractors with an
experience modification rating of one or less. Prior to the bidding process, the company conducts
pre-bid meetings to discuss safety and health performance expectations. Once contractors are chosen,
Turner conducts a pre-construction meeting to integrate contractor programs with their safety and
health management systems. During the project, monthly meetings are also held to discuss program
status and participant performance. Weekly safety and health audits are conducted to assess program
performance, and Turner also provides safety and health training resources for all project
participants as needed.
As a result of this Partnership, more than 25 contractors implemented or improved safety and health
management systems. Additionally, in 2004, the following results were seen:
||Training hours provided to employees
||Training hours provided to supervisors/managers
Michael Handler, Turner Construction Company's New York Safety Director notes that there are
pre-planning meetings for every new activity. These meetings help in determining what hazards exist
and the best forms of abatement. Mr. Handler believes that the company has succeeded in doing more
than just monitoring their subcontractors; they are taking a proactive approach by sharing the
safety and health expertise of their company and OSHA. The Partnership program has helped the
company take their existing safety and health initiatives to the next level, and ensures that
employees are aware of the importance of safety procedures.
One dramatic incident indicates that the Partnership is succeeding in changing subcontractors'
safety and health practices. One of the subcontractors at the site fell from the seventh floor after
a spray on fireproofing gun malfunctioned, but was not injured since he had tied off according to
the project's requirements. This subcontractor later noted that in previous jobs he has not tied
off, believing he was not at risk, and only tied off on this job because of the Turner and the
In July 2005, OSHA conducted an onsite inspection of the project, and as a result the project is
being recommended as a VPP STAR site.
The Partnership was formed to eliminate hazards and improve worker safety for Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Lab Construction Project, located at 423 East 68th Street in New York.
The project, to be completed in December 2005, includes a 23-story and a 10-story building, with
excavations to 75 feet. Partnership signatories include Turner Construction Company, OSHA's
Manhattan Area Office, the Construction Trades Council, and project contractors from the New York
area. Goals for the project include a reduction in safety, health, and environmental incidents, 100%
compliance with required incident prevention activities, zero fatalities, and zero exposure to fall
hazards. The Partnership also seeks a DART rate 25% below the SIC code for the project and
enhancement of the participating contractors' existing safety and health programs, and encourages a
sustainable working relationship between all parties involved.
Origin: Region 2, Manhattan Area Office
Partners: OSHA Region 2, the OSHA Manhattan Area Office, Turner Construction, the Building Trades Employers' Association, and the Building and Construction Trades Council
Partnership Signed: February 6, 2003
Industry: Construction (NAICS Code 23332, SIC Code 154)
Employees: Approximately 600
Employers: Approximately 50
Source and Date: Michael Handler, Safety Director, Turner Construction (March 2005)