On June 22, 2007, Skanska USA Civil Northeast and ECCO III Joint Venture signed
an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) during the construction of the Harmon Yard
Maintenance Shops in Croton on the Hudson, NY. The project involves a complete
build-out of 20 acres at the large Harmon Yard and Shop Complex and includes the
design and construction of two large maintenance shops, one for coaches and MU
rail cars, and one for locomotives. In addition, a new locomotive wash facility
is being built, as well as 15 new tracks, upgrades and expansion at two
substations, and new K-9 grounds for MTA police dogs.
Reduced Injury and Illness Rates - Total
Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and Days Away, Restricted, and Transferred (DART) Rate
With over 1 million man-hours worked, the partnership has achieved a Total Case
Incident Rate (TCIR) of 2.15, which was 50 % below the national average for
Heavy Construction (NAIACS Code 23493). The partnership has also achieved a
Total Days Away from Restricted work activity or job Transfer (DART) rate of
0.39 which was approximately 90 % below the national average for Heavy
Construction (NAIACS Code 23493).
The partnership has established a safe working environment with initiatives such
as: a six foot fall rule and 100% 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 partnership 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 In 2006
|Total Percentage below BLS
Some of the goals of the partnership include: a project
DART rate that is 25% 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.
Origin: Region II, Tarrytown Area Office
Partners: OSHA Region II Tarrytown Area Office,
Skanska USA Civil Northeast & ECCO III Joint Venture, The Construction Industry
Council of Westchester County and the New York State Department of Labor -
Division of Safety and Health On-site Consultation Program.
Partnership Signed: June 22, 2007
Heavy Construction (SIC 1629)
Source and Date: CAS Tom McCarthy, Tarrytown Area
Office November 24, 2009