The construction of the Weston 4 Power Plant is a major project involving
extremely dangerous work. In an effort to reduce injuries and hazards, key representatives from the
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, the State of Wisconsin's Department of Commerce, and OSHA's
Region V Appleton Area Office signed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) agreement on November 2,
2005. Other representatives from local trades, unions, contractors, and other stakeholders also
signed the agreement, signifying their commitment to worker safety in the construction of the new
Weston 4 Power Plant. This Partnership covers the retrofit construction project of the 500-megawatt
Weston 4 plant and the project is expected to be operational in 2008.
Injury and Illness Rates Decline
In 2006, employees worked a total of 1,718,711 hours at the site with zero fatalities. The 2006
Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) was 2.9 – 69% below the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) national
average rate of 9.3. The 2006 Days Away, Restricted, Time Away (DART) rate for the site was 1.3 –
75% below the BLS national average rate of 5.0. The below chart presents the TCIR and DART rates
over course of the Partnership compared to the BLS national average for the most recent year.
|Year 1: 2004
|Year 2: 2005
|Year 3: 2006
|3-Year Rate (Avg.)
|BLS Industry National Average
for Most Recent Year
The company that had the highest number of injuries developed an action plan
to address the issue. This plan was shared with the owner/general, construction managers, State of
Wisconsin Consultation Service, and OSHA and revised based on their input. Once implemented, the
plan had an immediate impact on reducing injuries.
Safety and Health Culture Enhanced
As stated in the Partnership agreement, increased training was one of the key goals set forth to
reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. During the first year of the Partnership, each of the
1,334 employees received at least one hour of site-specific training and over 115 employees received
the OSHA 10-hour training course. Additional safety and health training topics included: blood borne
pathogens, confined space, fall protection, job hazard analyses, and lock-out tag-out. In all, over
4,400 hours of training were conducted in just the first year of the Partnership.
As a result of this Partnership, all 24 partner/contractor employers made improvements to their
safety and health management systems (SHMS). At the beginning of the Partnership, one of the
construction partners did not have a SHMS implemented at all, but in order to remedy the situation,
the partner adopted the Weston 4 SHMS until the State Consultation Service and Washington Group
International could help them develop their own. Many of the non-contractor partner employers have
also made significant improvements to their own SHMS over the course of the Partnership.
Many labor organizations and business representatives have been actively involved in this
Partnership from its inception. The relationship between OSHA, employers, and labor unions has
played a prominent role in the success of the Partnership. During the past year, seven new partners
have joined the Partnership.
The Partnership had several key objectives including to increase the number of safety and health
trainings offered to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities; to maintain injury and illness
rates at least 50 percent below the national average for the construction industry; and to implement
a SHMS the first year of the agreement for all contractors working at the site.
Origin: Region V, Appleton Area Office
Partners: Washington Group International, Wisconsin Public Service, Miron Construction Company, The
Boldt Company, Howard Immel Inc., James Peterson & Sons, Inc., Commonwealth Dynamics Inc., Cherne
Contracting Corporation, Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc., AZCO Integrated Construction,
Riverview Construction, Shurtleff & Andrews Corporation, Sachs/Van Ert Electric Company, Inc.,
Wackenhut Corporation, WiSCon, OSHA Health Consultation Program, AIG, AON, GEA Power Cooling Inc.,
Black & Veatch, B&B Electric, M.J. Electric, Shambaugh & Son, LP, API Construction Company, Coatco
Union Partners: Dairyland Power, STS Consultants, Laborers – Local 268, International Association of
Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers - Local 127, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers,
Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers - Local 107,International Brotherhood of
Teamsters, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers, Operating Engineers – Local
139, Sheet Metal Workers - Local 18, United Association of Union of Plumbers, Pipefitters,
Sprinklerfitters & Service Techs – Local 434, Iron Workers – Local 383, Northern Wisconsin of
Regional Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers AFL CIO - Local 388.
Partnership Signed: November 2005
Industry: Construction (NAICS Code 237130, SIC Code 1629)
Source and Date: Mark Chasso, Region 5 / February 2007
Weston 4 Partnership site
Four key representatives sign the OSHA Partnership Agreement on November 2, 2005. From left to
right seated are: Charlie Schrock of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, Greg Jones and Barry
Glashagel from the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Commerce, and Howard Eberts from OSHA.
Representatives from local trades, unions, contractors and other stakeholders also signed onto the
agreement that signifies the commitment to worker safety in the building of the new Weston 4 Power
Representatives from the construction trade who are building Weston 4 lined up to sign off on the
official OSHA Partnership Agreement. The agreement signifies the strong concern for worker safety
and emphasizes the collaborative effort at resolving any safety issues that may arise. The
agreement was signed on November 2, 2005.