The City of Philadelphia, the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative's (NTI) Prime Contractors, and OSHA's Region III Philadelphia Area Office first developed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) in November of 2004. The Partnership was formed to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities for demolition contractors during the City of Philadelphia's initiative involving the removal of dangerous buildings throughout the city. The Partnership is based on three guiding principles: 1) conduct demolition in a safe, orderly manner; 2) minimize community disruption; and 3) structure bid documents to decrease costs and meet goals for community participation.
The Partnership encourages participating demolition contractors to improve their safety and health performance, to eliminate serious accidents in the construction industry, and to recognize contractors with exemplary safety and health management systems (SHMS). The Partnership was renewed in August 2006.
Dangerous Demolition Initiative Results in No Fatalities
The chart below represents some of the injury and illness data collected over the past year from the Partnership's most recent annual evaluation. The Partnership's Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) was 18% below the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) national average for that industry. Also, during the duration of the NTI Partnership, a total of 2,558 homes/structures were demolished with no fatal accidents during this high-risk activity.
|Year 1: 2006||7.15|
|BLS Industry National Average for Most Recent Year (2004)||8.7|
Improvements made to Participating Employers' Safety and Health Management Systems
By participating in the Partnership, all of the participating employers improved their SHMS. Some specific improvements included working with site safety management to develop and implement new types of fall protection measures. Other improvements included increasing employee buy-in and involvement by developing a standardized Safety and Health Orientation PowerPoint that portrayed the importance of focusing on safety while accomplishing day-to-day tasks at work.
The key objective of this Partnership is to reduce occupationally-related fatalities by 3% and serious injuries in this industry by 4% each year. The Partnership hopes it will meet this objective through conducting day-to-day business in a safe manner, minimizing community disruption, and structuring bid documents to decrease costs and meet goals for community participation.
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