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Region 1 News Release: 07-1418-BOS/BOS 2007-258
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA teams with The United Illuminating Company and Black & Veatch Energy on the Middletown-Norwalk Project

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has entered into a cooperative partnership agreement with The United Illuminating Company (UI) and Black & Veatch Energy (B&V) to reduce hazards and enhance employee safety during the construction of UI's portion of the Middletown-Norwalk Transmission Project currently underway in Stratford and Bridgeport, Conn.

The partnership will emphasize preventing workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities through the implementation of effective safety and health management systems, increased training, use of best work practices, and compliance with applicable OSHA safety and health regulations. B&V is the construction manager for UI's portion of the Middletown-Norwalk Transmission Project, which includes the erection of the new Singer Substation in Bridgeport and approximately six miles of an underground concrete encased duct line in Stratford and Bridgeport.

"Though construction can be a high-hazard industry, effective measures will be taken to minimize and preempt its dangers on this project," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "This agreement will involve thorough, rigorous steps on the part of UI and B&V to aggressively identify, address and eliminate potentially hazardous conditions before they harm employees."

The partnership requires all project contractors and subcontractors to implement effective safety and health management systems to include written safety and health programs. 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.

UI and B&V 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.

The partnership was signed today at UI headquarters in New Haven by Foulke, OSHA New England Regional Administrator Marthe Kent, UI President Anthony J. Villillo and B&V President Dean Oskvig.

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 475 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998. For more information, visit


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