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Region 5 News Release: 06-1297-chi
Date: July 31, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976

OSHA Signs Partnership with Ragnar Benson LLC, Chicago Carpenters
Agreement Highlights Top Threats to Workplace Safety and Health

CHICAGO -- Ragnar Benson LLC and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters demonstrated their dedication to workplace safety and health by signing a formal partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The partnership is designed to maximize worker safety on a $100 million Lowe's regional distribution center construction project in Rockford, Ill.

"Construction work continues to rank among the most hazardous of all occupations," said Kathy O'Connell, OSHA's area director of the Aurora, Ill., office. "This partnership will help us reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities at this site. We are genuinely proud to have both groups in our corner."

When completed in 2007, the Lowe's center will be 1.4 million square feet. The project will employ as many as 200 construction workers on-site at the peak of construction activities. The partnership provides for increased training for workers and supervisors and site-specific orientation sessions that have proven effective in their approach to safety at other job sites. Ragnar Benson LLC will manage the construction project.

OSHA health and safety partnerships are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing effort to improve health and safety for workers. 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 continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit


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