Wed., March 26, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Providence Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a partnership with Consigli Construction Co. Inc. to provide exemplary safety and health protections for employees constructing a new training and support facility at the U.S. Naval Station and Officer Training Command in Newport, R.I.
"This partnership takes an aggressive stance against workplace hazards," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's regional administrator for New England. "It will emphasize training and a proactive analytical approach that will identify and eliminate potentially hazardous conditions before they hurt employees."
The project involves the construction of an indoor swimming pool facility and building that will provide training and support functions for naval aquatic survival, officer accession and combat training. Under the partnership, Milford, Mass.-based Consigli will develop and implement a comprehensive safety and health program that equals or exceeds OSHA guidelines.
The program will include employee involvement; effective employee training, including weekly, documented safety training; participation in OSHA's 10-hour construction safety course by all site supervisors and employees; and documented safety inspections. Data will be collected to analyze injury and illness trends, including "near miss" incidents, so as to continually improve safety and health and help all contractors develop "zero tolerance" for hazards.
"It's fitting that the construction of a facility designed to teach survival skills to military personnel will utilize a process that promotes survival skills among its builders," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's area director for Rhode Island. "Through the mutual commitment of all parties, the hazards inherent in this type of construction project can and will be minimized and eliminated."
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in more than 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
The partnership was signed during the project's groundbreaking ceremony at Newport Naval Station by Kent and Griffin for OSHA and for Consigli, President Anthony Consigli, Vice President Matthew Consigli and Safety Director James Rodger.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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