Tues., Dec. 18, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Enhanced safety and health protections for more than 300 trades employees working on the construction of the Niagara Falls Public Safety Complex in Niagara Falls, N.Y., is the goal of a new partnership agreement among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); the project's general contractor, L.P. Ciminelli Construction Corp.; the New York State Department of Labor On-Site Consultation Program; the Niagara County Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO; Laborers International Union of North America, Local 91; International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 14; and other construction trades unions.
"Under this partnership, contractors pledge to take effective steps to identify, address and eliminate worksite hazards before they harm employees," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "Other goals include zero fatalities, reduced injuries and full compliance with the project's stringent safety requirements."
Every project subcontractor will be required to have a site-specific safety and health program, ongoing safety and health training that addresses new project tasks and processes, safety and health orientation for all new hires, daily and weekly safety and health inspections, and successful completion of OSHA training courses by all foremen and employees.
Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo, said, "This partnership is a joint commitment to safety and health that should reduce costs, increase productivity and, most importantly, help ensure that every employee finishes each workday healthy and whole."
The partnership was signed by Louis Ricca, OSHA's deputy regional administrator and by Dube; Dar Almeter, president, L.P. Ciminelli Construction Corp.; Greg Conrad, supervising safety and health inspector, New York State Department of Labor On-Site Consultation Program; Clyde Johnston Jr., president, Niagara County Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO; Rob Connelly, business manager, Laborers Local 91; and Donald M. Winkle Jr., business manager, Elevator Constructors Local 14.
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 U.S. have participated with OSHA in 484 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998. For information about OSHA partnerships in western New York, contact Gordon DeLeys (telephone 716-551-3053, extension 244).
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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