Friday, June 8, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
WARWICK, R.I. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a partnership with Skanska USA Building Inc. and the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council to protect the safety and health of employees working on the terminal improvement project at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.
"We have a mutual goal of reducing hazards and injuries and encouraging a safe and healthful work environment for the 35 contractors and 150 tradespeople expected to work on this project," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's Rhode Island area director.
Strategies to achieve those goals will include comprehensive, site-specific contractor safety and health programs that equal or exceed OSHA guidelines; effective safety and health training; documented safety inspections by personnel with the authority to take prompt corrective action where needed; collection and analysis of injury and illness trends, including "near misses"; and requiring all contractors to work to develop a zero tolerance attitude toward hazards on the jobsite.
Benefits of the partnership are expected to include a reduction in injuries and illnesses; decreased workers' compensation costs; enhanced safety and health training and resources; shared knowledge of best practices and recognition for companies with effective safety practices.
Skanska is overseeing the project, which encompasses 93,000 square feet of new construction and 244,000 square feet of renovated space. The partnership was signed by Griffin; Steven Eustis, account manager; Jane Guerette, regional environmental and safety director, Skanska USA Building Inc. and Michael J, Ruggieri, president, R.I. Building and Construction Trades Council. For more information about this and other OSHA partnerships or alliances in the Ocean State, call OSHA's area office in Providence at (401) 528-4669.
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.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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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