Tues., April 1, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
BANGOR, Maine The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a partnership with Consigli Construction Co. Inc. to enhance the safety and health of employees constructing the new Penobscot County Judicial Center in Bangor.
"This partnership is a strong effort to preempt hazards, and reduce injury and illness levels," 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 a 900,000-square-foot structure that will incorporate seven courtrooms and a parking garage. Under the partnership, Milford, Mass.-based Consigli, the project's general contractor, 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.
"Everyone on this project will be working toward two goals: constructing an important addition to Maine's judicial infrastructure and doing the job in the safest, healthiest manner possible," said William Coffin, OSHA's area director for Maine.
The partnership was signed at the construction site, which is located at 74 Exchange St. in Bangor. Al J. Morrissey, OSHA's assistant regional administrator for cooperative and state programs, and Coffin signed for OSHA. Signing for Consigli were Matthew Tonello, project executive, Larry Chouniard, superintendent, and James Rodger, safety director.
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.
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.
U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audiotape or disc) from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755. The Labor Department is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.