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Region 4 News Release: 06-1456-ATL (165)
Date: August 22, 2006
Contact: James Borders Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (904) 232-2895 (404) 562-2076

OSHA, JEA and the University of South Florida Renew Successful Safety and Health Partnership

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), JEA and the University of South Florida will continue a partnership that has significantly reduced injuries among JEA contractors' construction employees.

Between1999 and 2005, the recordable injury rate dropped from 6.11 to 2.71; the lost time incident rate dropped from 2.08 to 0.92; and the contractors' average experience modification rate dropped from 0.92 to 0.89.

"The partnership's goal -- to improve safety at all JEA electric power, water and sewage supply worksites -- is reflected in these numbers," said James D. Borders, OSHA's Jacksonville area director. "We look forward to working together for the next three years."

Since the partnership was signed in April 2000, a total of 29,360 employees and 2,901 supervisors have completed either the 10-hour OSHA construction safety course or the National Center for Construction Education 8-hour contractor safety orientation course. Supervisors also completed an additional 8-hour safety leadership development program.

During the past six years, JEA has required pre-certification for all contractors bidding for construction jobs on JEA projects. Contractors must have a written safety and health program, a drug and alcohol free workplace, safety orientation training for all employees and supervisors, and a low injury and illness rate.

A signing ceremony to extend the safety and health partnership through 2009 will be held August 23, 2006 at 21 West Church Street in the JEA Tower T16 South Conference Room. For more information contact the Jacksonville Area Office at (904) 232-2895. The OSHA Area Office is located at 1851 Executive Center Drive, Suite 227.

Since the inception of OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program in 1998, more than 410 partnerships have been formed, impacting more than 20,000 employers and 1 million employees across the United States. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information visit


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