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Background:

To ensure that the construction of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center West Pavilion would provide a safe work environment for all employees, Clayco/Legacy Missouri Baptist 1, LLC; Murphy Company, Sachs Electric; and OSHA's St. Louis Area Office, signed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) on August 3, 2010. The Partnership had the support from the Missouri Baptist Medical Center; Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum; KJWW Engineering Consultants; Associated General Contractors of St. Louis; the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades; Eastern Missouri Laborers; the Carpenters District Council; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1; Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562; and the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36. The project was completed on August 17, 2012.

Success Impact:

Increased Safety and Health Training and Self-Inspections Leads to a Safe Work Environment

Increasing the number and type of safety and health training sessions offered were key focus points of the OSP. For the project, over 30,000 hours of training was conducted, and approximately 3,200 employees were trained. All employees on the project were provided the OSHA 10-hour course, and were required to attend a safety briefing from the General Contractor prior to working on the site. Other training included daily tool box meetings. Additionally, 274 supervisors/managers received 3,478 hours of training, including the OSHA 30-hour course.

Another key focus of the OSP was to conduct more self-inspections on the project. A total of 6,673 inspections were performed, identifying and abating approximately 9,228 safety and health hazards.

Other key factors in the reduction of potential injuries and illnesses, were the implementation of a Pre-Task Safety Analysis (PTSA) program (allowing for better communication of hazards for all workers onsite), a Heat Zone (a location onsite for preventing/treating cold stress), and a Chill Zone (a location onsite for preventing/treating heat stress).

Injury and Illness Rates Below National Average - Days Away, Restricted, and Transferred (DART) Rate and Days Away From Work (DAFW) Rate:
The overall goal of the OSP was to achieve a reduction of accidents, injuries and illnesses on the project and zero fatalities. The table below is representative of the injury and illness data collected from the project.

Year

Hours

Total Cases

TCIR

# of Days Away from Work Restricted and Transferred Activity Cases

DART

# of Days Away from Work (DAFW) Cases

DAFW Rate

8/3/2010-8/2/2011

127,020

2

3.14

0

0

0

0

8/3/2011 8/17/2012

315,873

5

3.17

1

0.63

0

0

Total Project

442,893

7

3.16

1

0.45

0

0

BLS National Average for 2010 (NAICS 2362)

2.9

 

1.3

 

0.8

Change from the 2010 BLS National Average

 

 

 

+9%

 

 

-65%

 

 

-100%

As shown above, the OSP's total DART and DAFW rates were below the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) National Average for Non-Residential Construction (NAICS code 2362). A key observation is that six of the seven total OSHA recordable injuries involved minor medical treatment related to lacerations/punctures/contusions. The one DART case involved a shoulder strain, and involved restricted work activity. Additionally, there were zero days away cases over the final 900 days of the project.

Another worthy note, the general contractor, Clayco Construction Corporation has applied for participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program.

Partnership Objectives:

The success of the overall object to reducing injuries and illnesses was achieved by increased safety and health training and self-inspections. In addition, the OSP objective of providing worker involvement was achieved by actively involving the employees in the self-inspections, tool-box talks and in safety meetings.

Origin: Region VII, St. Louis Area Office

Partners: Clayco/Legacy Missouri Baptist 1, LLC (Clayco, Inc. and Legacy Interiors); Ahrens Contracting; B&P Construction; Ben-Hur Construction; Budrovich; Byrne & Jones; Capitol Restoration; Concrete Strategies; Drilling Services; Engineered Fire Protection; Fire Tech; J.H. Berra; Kienlen Constructors; Kuenz Heating and Cooling; Kuesel Contracting; Lindberg Waterproofing; Murphy Company; Niehaus Construction; National Glass and Glazing; O'Neill Painting II; Sachs Electric; Taylor Excavating; The Phillips Company; Town & Country Masonry; Western Waterproofing; Badger Daylighting; Leonard Masonry; and Midwest Aerial Lifts

Partnership Signed: August 3, 2010

Industry and NAICS Code's: Non-Residential Construction (NAICS 2362)

Employees: 2052

Employers: 29

Source and Date: Jacalyn Wheeler, OSHA Region VII, Partnership Coordinator