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Region 2 News Release: 06-382-NEW (OSHA 06-018)
Date: March 3, 2006
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102

OSHA Partners To Protect Workers on Jersey City Highway Project
Agreement Targets Construction Hazards

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Eliminating serious hazards and achieving a high level of worker safety and health on the Route 139 rehabilitation project in Jersey City, N.J., is at the core of a new partnership forged by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), D'Annunzio and Sons Inc. and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Heavy & Highway Laborers Local 472, Carpenters Local 6 and Teamsters Local 408. The partnership was formally launched at a recent signing ceremony at the jobsite.

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.

The Route 139 project will involve the rehabilitation and replacement of highway infrastructure at the 12th and 14th St. exits. Project contractors will employ approximately 70 workers at peak construction.

"By identifying potential hazards on this complex project and creating a program that addresses them, we have a better chance to ensure the health and safety of the workers," said Phil Peist, director of the OSHA Parsippany area office.

Under the partnership, OSHA and D'Annunzio will identify and correct primary causal factors in worker injuries and illnesses, particularly in the top four causes of construction injuries: falls, struck-by, caught-in or between, and electrocution.

They also will establish a program to prevent exposure to silica, a known human carcinogen. An innovative aspect of this partnership will be the evaluation of an engineering control to deal with excessive exposure to silica during concrete demolition activities. This control was developed under an earlier partnership in which D'Annunzio, Laborers Local 472 and other employers and construction associations participated.

The primary objective of the partnership is for all participating contractors to achieve injury and illness rates below the national average for the construction industry. The agreement will end at the completion of the project or in March 2009, whichever comes first. For more information about this partnership, contact the Parsippany OSHA office, 299 Cherry Hill Road -- Suite 304, Parsippany, N.J.; phone: (973) 263-1003.

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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