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Region 1 News Release: 06-1015-BOS/BOS 2006-166
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

New OSHA Partnership Aims to Safeguard Workers during Capitol Commons Construction Project

CONCORD, N.H. -- Reduced hazards and enhanced worker safety during the Capitol Commons construction project in Concord are the goals of a new safety and health partnership signed by the U.S. Labor Department¿s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Cobb Hill/Pro Con Construction Joint Venture LLC and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services¿ Consultation Program.

OSHA's Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations and employers.

Cobb Hill/Pro Con Construction Joint Venture is construction manager for the mixed-use project that includes an eight story office and retail building and a five level parking garage at 11 South Main St. and 75 Storr St. in Concord. The project will include 20 specialty contractors employing about 65 trade employees.

"Objectives with this partnership include improved safety and health programs, a higher level of employee safety and health training and the elimination of hazards to prevent worker injuries," said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA¿s New Hampshire area director.

Central to the partnership will be the development and implementation of a comprehensive worksite safety and health program that will equal OSHA¿s safety and health program guidelines and include employee involvement and training to avoid site-specific hazards. Construction site supervisors will receive training equivalent to OSHA¿s 10-hour construction safety course to assist them in recognizing and promptly correcting workplace hazards.

Project goals include a five percent annual reduction of injuries, illnesses and fatalities with an emphasis on fall, trenching, electrical, struck-by and caught in-between hazards; decreased worker compensation costs; and shared knowledge of best practices. The partnership was signed June 19 by Ohar; Richard Lambert and Jerry Kingwell, principals for Cobb Hill/Pro Con Joint Venture, LLC; and Stephen Beyer, consultation project manager, N.H. Department of Environmental Services.

Since the inception of OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program in 1998, more than 388 partnerships have been formed, impacting over 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States. OSHA¿s role is to assure the safety and health of America¿s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit


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