Region 3 News Release: 09-132-PHI (osha 09-12)
Feb. 4, 2009
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today joined Sands BethWorks Gaming LLC (Sands) to announce a partnership designed to promote a safe workplace for employees involved in the construction of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem.
"This partnership will assist Sands in creating and maintaining a safe and healthful working environment for employees during the construction of this project," said Jean Kulp, director of OSHA's area office in Allentown, Pa. "We want every employee to go home safe and healthy at the end of every workday."
Owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corp., the 126-acre Sands site will hold a 300-room hotel, 200,000 square feet of retail space, 3,000 slot machines, a meeting and convention area, and a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment venues. The project will employ approximately 1,200 construction tradespersons at peak construction.
Major goals of the partnership are to keep the DART (cases with days away from work, restricted or transferred) rate below the national average for the commercial construction industry and to further reduce this level of recordable injuries by at least four percent annually for the duration of the partnership.
As part of the agreement, the Sands also will manage worksite safety and health issues as they pertain to cranes, including existing tower cranes present at the site. Safety precautions will include providing inspections and operator training/certification, and inspecting all cranes on site in accordance with OSHA standards and manufacturer and design specifications.
For more information, contact OSHA's Allentown Area Office at 610-776-0592.
More than 1.4 million employees and nearly 28,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 584 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting almost 39,000 inspections and finding nearly 88,000 violations of its standards and regulations in fiscal year 2008.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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