May 3, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has entered into a cooperative partnership agreement with Turner Construction Co. to reduce hazards and enhance employee safety during the construction of the North Pavilion/Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven.
The partnership will emphasize preventing serious accidents and fatalities through increased training, use of best work practices, enhanced safety and health programs and compliance with applicable OSHA safety and health regulations. Turner is the general contractor for the construction of the 14-story hospital.
"Though construction is a high-hazard industry, effective measures can and will be taken to minimize and preempt its dangers on this project," said Robert Kowalski, OSHA's area director in Bridgeport, Conn. "This agreement will involve thorough, rigorous steps on the part of Turner and its subcontractors to aggressively identify, address and eliminate potentially hazardous conditions before they harm employees."
The partnership requires all subcontractors to have effective written safety and health programs. All Turner onsite supervisory employees and safety designates from each subcontractor will complete OSHA's 30-hour construction safety course, or its equivalent, and all employees will receive a site-specific construction safety orientation. Daily safety audits will be conducted as will monitoring for toxic substances. An aggressive fall protection program and effective environmental monitoring, hearing conservation, electrical safety and machine guarding programs and procedures will be implemented and followed.
Turner also will establish a system to collect, analyze and disseminate to subcontractors data on injuries, illnesses, accidents and "near-misses"; conduct a comprehensive monthly safety audit; and hold weekly jobsite safety meetings.
OSHA will provide technical assistance, review the monthly reports, participate in the monthly meetings and provide safety and health resources.
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 1.2 million employees and more than 33,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in 455 Strategic Partnerships since the program began in 1998. For more information about OSHA partnerships and alliances in southern Connecticut, contact OSHA's Bridgeport Area Office at (203) 579-5581.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure 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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