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Region 5 News Release: 06-1879-chi
Dec. 4, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312)353-6976

Safety Partnership to Help Protect Construction Workers on Health Alliance Hospital Expansion Project in West Chester, Ohio
Agreement Signed by Mortensen Messer and U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Mortenson Messer HealthCare Construction, Cincinnati, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have agreed to form a partnership during the construction of the $207 million first phase of the Health Alliance Hospital expansion project, with the goal of providing a safe work environment for all employees on the project.

"This agreement provides an opportunity for the partners to come together and demonstrate that we all benefit when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthful work environment," said Richard Gilgrist, OSHA area director in Cincinnati. "We are confident the cooperative effort will help us to meet our mutual goal to eliminate injuries and fatalities."

The safety partnership will cover the construction of a 370,000 square-foot new hospital and a 90,000 square-foot medical office building near Cox Road on the University Pointe Campus, West Chester, Ohio. Partners in the project will also include all contractors subject to site management on the construction site, and the Ohio On-Site Consultation Program.

The primary goal of the partnership is to reduce or eliminate serious injuries and illnesses and to provide a safe and healthy work environment. Participants will increase the number and use of safety and health programs and best practices among contractors, and will increase the number of workers and supervisors who have completed safety training.

Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. Almost 1 million employees and more than 33,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 420 Strategic Partnerships since the program began in 1998.


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