In June 2007, Corman Construction and OSHA's Region III Baltimore/Washington
Area Office signed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) for the Frederick Douglass/South Capitol
Street Memorial Bridge Restoration Project. The structural steel on concrete Frederick Douglass
Memorial Bridge measures 3,002 feet long by 75 feet wide and is located on South Capitol Street in
Southeast Washington, D.C. The owner of the bridge is the District of Columbia Department of
The scope of this project, which lasted a little less than a year, entailed steel repair and steel
member strengthening, sidewalk rehabilitation, deck repair, installation of new lighting, repair of
the fender system, removal of the Hess petroleum tanks under the bridge, reworking the approaches to
the new baseball stadium, repainting the steel bridge members, milling, repaving, and marking the
newly paved deck.
Injury and Illness Rates Decline - Days Away, Restricted
and Transfer (DART), Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR)
Over the duration of the OSP, the project did not experience a single recordable incident, resulting
in a zero Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) rate and zero Total Case Incident Rate
(TCIR). The below table presents the injury and illness rates over the duration of the OSP and
compares them to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national average for the construction industry
for the most recent year available.
|BLS Industry National Average for Most Recent Year
Extensive Training Leads to Exemplary Safety and Health Practices
Zero DART and TCIR rates are believed to be directly linked to over 2,500 hours of safety and health
training that was offered to supervisors and employees. Training topics included daily crew huddles,
which were performed with every crew on the site, in addition to weekly 10-minute Tool Box talks
conducted with all employees. Orientations were conducted for new workers coming onto the site.
Finally, 1,385 self-inspections were performed, resulting in 375 hazards being corrected or abated.
The key objectives of this OSP was to develop a contractor/government collaboration that encourages
construction contractors to improve their safety and health performance, strive for the elimination
of serious accidents in the construction industry, and recognize those contractors with exemplary
safety and health management systems (SHMS).
Origin: Region III, Baltimore/Washington Area Office
Partners: Corman Construction, Barnhart Crane & Rigging, Celtic Demolition, Chesapeake Electric
Systems, Fort Myer Construction, Long Fence, Pioneer Contracting Company, Highway and Safety
Services, PrepCon, Prince Construction, Senate Asphalt, Serra Stone, Titan Construction, Wilcox
Partnership Signed: June 2007
Industry: Construction (NAICS Code 238190, 238210, 237310, 238990, 238120, 237990, 238140, 238320,
238390 SIC Code 1799, 1795, 1731, 1611, 1629, 1791, 1741, 1721, respectively)
Source: Joseph Sancomb, Region III, Baltimore/Washington Area Office / May 2008