July 17, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
NEW YORK -- Ensuring that safety is the priority during the construction of the new Yankee Stadium is the goal of a comprehensive safety partnership among labor, business and government that emphasizes employee training and the identification and prompt correction of worksite hazards.
The partnership unites the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with the project's general contractor, Turner Construction Co. (TCCo), the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), the Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA) and the New York Labor Department's On-Site Safety Consultation Program (NYS Consultation).
"This partnership is a major league effort to minimize hazardous conditions for the 1,100 employees who will be working on this project," said Edwin G. Foulke Jr., assistant secretary for OSHA. "Maximizing worker safety will be accomplished through the winning teamwork of labor, management and government."
Under the partnership, contractors will be required to have site-specific safety and health programs, conduct task-specific hazard analyses, and provide safety and health orientation for new employees as well as ongoing safety and health training to all employees in a language they understand. It also mandates OSHA training for foremen and others with safety and health responsibilities, weekly safety meetings, weekly safety and health audits, documentation of corrected hazards and near-miss incidents, and task-specific weekly toolbox instructions for employees who will integrate safety and health requirements with that week's tasks.
"We want the successor to 'The House that Ruth Built' to be 'The House that Safety Built,'" said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "Zero fatalities is a top priority. All of us are working together so that every employee on this project can end each workday healthy and whole."
The partnership was signed by: OSHA's Clark; Diana Cortez, director of OSHA's Tarrytown Area Office, which covers the Bronx; from TCCo, Pat DiFilippo, executive vice-president, Charlie Murphy, senior vice president and general manager, and John A Turmelle, business unit safety director; from BCTC, Edward J. Malloy, chairman and chief executive officer; from BTEA, Lou Coletti, chairman and chief executive officer; and from NYS Consultation, James Rush, program manager.
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 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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