On June 5, 2008, OSHA and the Skanska Tully Joint Venture signed an OSHA
Strategic Partnership (OSP) which addresses construction industry safety and
health hazards such as: falls, struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in between
during construction of the Croton Water Treatment Facility Project, Bronx, New
York. The project involves the construction of a cast-in-place concrete
building, steel-access platforms, fabrication and installation of process
mechanical equipment and piping system. The Croton Water Treatment Facility is
set to be one of the main facilities to supply 10 percent New York City's
drinking water. Upon completion, the Croton Water Filtration will have the
capacity to treat 1.2 million cubic meters of water per day.
Reduced Injury and Illness Rates - Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and Days
Away, Restricted, and Transferred (DART) Rate
With nearly two million man-hours worked to date, the OSP has achieved a Total
Case Incident Rate (TCIR) of 3.19, which is approximately 46 percent below the
national average for Heavy Construction (NAICS Code 23493). The OSP has also
achieved a Total Days Away from Restricted work activity or job Transfer (DART)
rate of 0.30 which is approximately 89 percent below the national average for
Heavy Construction (NAIACS Code 23493).
The OSP has established a safe working environment with initiatives such as: a
six foot fall rule and 100 percent fall protection for all on site; crane
signaling certification; implementing a stretch; flex morning exercise program
and 1,000 hours per month dedicated to “Safety Module and Competent Person
Training.” The OSP is enjoying a newly forged working relationship between
government, industry employers, labor, and trade associations.
In addition, a mandatory glove policy was implemented. By introducing the
benefits of Kevlar protection, hand injuries were reduced by nearly 50 percent.
|BLS National Average
for NAICS 23493
Some of the goals of the OSP include: a project DART rate that is 25 percent
less than the national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) average; encouraging
local construction subcontractors involved in the project to improve their
safety and health performance; and fostering a sustainable working relationship
between government and industry. The project is scheduled to be completed in
Origin: Region II, Tarrytown Area Office
Partners: OSHA Region 2 Tarrytown Area Office, Skanska Tully Joint Venture, The
New York City Department of Environmental Protection, The General Contractors
Association of New York, Inc. and the New York State Department of Labor -
Division of Safety and Health On-site Consultation Program.
Partnership Signed: June 5, 2008
Industry: Heavy Construction (SIC 1629; NAICS 23493)
Source: CAS Tom McCarthy, Tarrytown Area Office