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Region 3 News Release: 08-1158-PHI (osha 08-132)
Aug. 12, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5102

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms partnership to protect employees during construction of new Pittsburgh arena

PITTSBURGH -- Employees involved in the construction of the new Pittsburgh Penguins arena will be safer thanks to a new partnership formed between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and P.J. Dick/Hunt JV. OSHA and P.J. Dick/Hunt JV formalized the partnership at a ceremony today.

"The safety and health of construction employees is of paramount importance to this agency, and one which we take very seriously," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "Our partnership with P.J. Dick/Hunt JV strengthens our goal of protecting the men and women working on this project from the hazards common in this industry."

The new ice hockey and multipurpose arena will be located between Centre Avenue, Washington Place and Fifth Avenue, next to downtown Pittsburgh, and will serve as home to the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. The facility will seat approximately 18,500 people, with the project estimated to cost approximately $290 million.

"At P.J. Dick-Hunt, we believe a project is not completed successfully unless it's completed safely," said P.J. Dick Vice President of Safety Joe Franceschini. "Our partnership with OSHA will help us to deliver a safe project."

John Hermanson, OSHA regional administrator, stated, "This partnership demonstrates the spirit of cooperation necessary to sustain a safe and healthy worksite during the construction of such a major project. P.J. Dick/Hunt JV has shown the kind of leadership other joint ventures should follow."

Major partnership goals are to encourage cooperation between OSHA and P.J. Dick/Hunt JV that will foster a safe work environment at the arena construction project and reduce the DART rate (cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction) by at least 3 percent annually. The partnership requires effective safety and health management systems for contractors working at the site. For more information, contact OSHA's Pittsburgh Area Office at 412-395-4903.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.

OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.

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 improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit



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