Feb. 8, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-4807 312-353-6976
AURORA, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined R.C. Wegman Construction Co. of Aurora and Leopardo Construction, Hoffman Estates, Ill., as partners in safely constructing a new police station and branch court facility on Sullivan Road in Aurora.
The partnership, also joined by the Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, is an effort to protect the employees of all project participants and subcontractors during the two-year, $100-million construction project.
The goals of the partnership are to eliminate worksite hazards and achieve a high level of employee safety and health at the site. Participants will develop a contractor/government relationship that encourages contractors to improve their safety and health performance, pressing for the elimination of accidents and recognizing contractors with exemplary programs.
"This agreement provides the tools to ensure that employers and employees commit to safe and healthful work practices," said Kathy O'Connell, OSHA's area director in Aurora. "Cooperation among labor, management and OSHA is vital to ensure the safety and health of employees."
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. Since the program began in 1998, more than 1.2 million employees and more than 21,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in 484 strategic partnerships.
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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