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OSHA News Brief

April 21, 2023

US Department of Labor, Brasfield & Gorrie Construction to promote safety at Alabama construction site

Will prevent injuries during Cooper Green Mercy Health hospital construction

Participants:  U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
                        Brasfield & Gorrie Construction

What:  Safety alliance agreement

Background:  Today, OSHA and the Brasfield & Gorrie Construction signed a strategic partnership to promote safety and health practices to help in preventing worker injuries and exposure to hazards during construction of Cooper Green Mercy Health, a five-story, 211,000-square-foot hospital and parking deck in Birmingham, Alabama.

The initiative will also encourage contractors to develop and implement safety and health programs, and provide safety and health training to employees, employers, and supervisors. Participants will focus on the use of personal protective equipment, heat illness prevention, hazards related to falls, struck-by and caught-in objects, electrical equipment and work practices, fire protection and prevention, safe use of hand and power tools, and silica and noise exposure.

The completed facility will offer an ambulatory outpatient facility, exam rooms, pharmacy and office spaces.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies and performance measures to improve worker safety and health. Learn more about OSHA.

Quote:  "Public-private sector partnerships focused on worker safety and health training at all levels are a proven method to enhance worker safety during major construction projects," said OSHA Area Office Director to Joel Batiz in Birmingham, Alabama. "Partnerships like these make a significant difference in ensuring workers finish their day's work safely."

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Media Contacts:

Erika B. Ruthman, 678-237-0630,
Eric R. Lucero, 678-237-0630,

Release Number:  23-647-ATL (147)