Fri., Oct. 26, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Florham Park Development LLC, the Morris County Building and Construction Trades Council, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development On-site Consultation Service in an effort to protect employees constructing the New York Jets' new 27-acre training facility in Florham Park, N.J. Phil Peist, OSHA area director in Parsippany, attended a recent signing ceremony at the site that officially began the partnership.
The new facility, due to be completed in September 2008, will house a two-story campus building containing both training facilities for the players and the corporate headquarters for the entire New York Jets organization.
The key goal of the partnership is to eliminate serious worksite hazards and achieve a high level of employee safety and health at the construction site by developing a contractor and government relationship that encourages all contractors involved in the project to improve safety and health performance, strive for the elimination of serious accidents in the construction industry, and recognize exemplary safety and health programs.
"With so many contractors involved in the project, this partnership will help facilitate a coordinated effort to ensure that employees stay safe and healthy on the construction site," says Peist.
"The New York Jets are proud to partner with our construction manager, the trades, and OSHA to ensure the safety of all those working on the new Jets corporate headquarters and training facility in Florham Park," said New York Jets President Jay Cross.
OSHA's Parsippany office will participate in the partnership. For more information, call 973-263-1003.
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 21,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in 484 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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