Partnership #930 - Agreement - February 12, 2019




    1. Background

      To facilitate OSHA's goal of reducing occupational-related fatalities and serious injuries within the construction industry, OSHA's Lubbock Area Office and Lee Lewis Construction Inc., have agreed to enter into a cooperative partnership agreement with respect to the Buddy Holly Hall Construction Project which will effectively implement all facets of jobsite safety and achieve self-compliance through cooperative efforts from labor, management, and OSHA.

      This partnership is designed to address the hazards within the construction industry, and to promote and recognize a jobsite controlled by a contractor having demonstrated a safety and health program that meets or exceeds OSHA's recommended practices for safety and health programs. The Partnership agreement is an effective tool for ensuring safety at the Project. It will serve to establish a cooperative effort in ensuring safety and maintaining an open line of communication between OSHA and contractors on the worksite. The partnership is consistent with OSHA's long-range efforts to develop a contractor and government partnership approach to safety management. It allows for better use of OSHA resources and innovation in safety management, and encourages increased participation in the safety process from the construction community.

    2. Partners

      The partners are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Lubbock Area Office and Lee Lewis Construction, Inc.


    This partnering agreement was developed jointly by the Lubbock Area Office and Lee Lewis Construction. The common objective and goal of the agreement is to provide a safe and healthful work environment for employees involved in the construction industry and to help prevent serious accidents and fatalities within the industry through increased training, implementation of best work practices, enhanced safety and health programs, and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations.

    Employers who are willing to accept this program will receive OSHA assistance (as resources allow) and two on-site enforcement inspections (in accordance with approved protocols) in lieu of program inspections.

    This partnership will contain mentoring and training for participating subcontractors and their employees. The common purpose will be to engage and challenge those subcontractors and their employees to improve their own safety and health program. This partnership also seeks to increase communication and mutual respect between all stakeholders. Lee Lewis Construction is committed to developing a business/labor/government partnership approach to safety management, thereby affording OSHA to direct its resources towards other companies in the construction industry whose safety and health efforts require the most assistance.


    1. Commitment:

      OSHA and Lee Lewis Construction are committed to reducing workplace accidents and fatalities, improving safety and health programs through the direction of leadership, and accountability of all participants in this agreement.

    2. Goals

      The overall goal of the partnership is to focus on preventing work-related fatalities, controlling or eliminating serious workplace hazards, and establishing a foundation for the development of an effective safety and health program. This partnership will strive to achieve that goal by establishing a foundation of proactive measures which will include:

      1. Reducing injuries and illnesses throughout the duration of the Partnership, and evaluating the outcome annually;
      2. Promoting a Safety Culture through-out this project with a proactive injury and illness prevention program at the direction of Lee Lewis Construction;
      3. Developing a model safety and health program, utilizing OSHA's updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs as a model;
      4. Providing for collaborative training opportunities between Lee Lewis Construction and the Lubbock Area Office;
      5. Collaboration, using Lee Lewis Construction and Lubbock Area Office resources, to create and disseminate new safety and health materials to all participants;
      6. Mentoring and training participating subcontractors and their employees;
      7. Increasing communication and mutual respect between stakeholders;
      8. Developing a business/labor/government partnership approach to safety management; and
      9. Directing OSHA resources towards the construction industry whose safety and health efforts require the most assistance.
      10. Participate in OSHA's Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down, Heat Illness Prevention and other OSHA Campaigns which are relevant to this construction site.
    3. Strategies

      These goals shall be achieved through quarterly meetings and implementation and verification of written comprehensive safety and health programs. Utilize Lee Lewis Construction's Safety Culture process to improve safety and health programs, training and outreach to subcontractors. Partners are encouraged to implement a comprehensive Single Site Safety and Health Management System, while this partnership focuses on specific safety and health elements, based on the following guidelines:

      Implement a comprehensive job site inspection program by:

      1. Utilizing technological tools, such as "Pro-Core," "Hazard Scout," "SafetyNet" and other means, such as Job Hazard Analysis or the Job Safety Analysis to effectively reduce or eliminate potential hazards to employees working at the site.
      2. Effectively correcting hazards found during the project on a day-to-day basis.
      3. Ensure all serious hazards are controlled through safe processes or procedures.
      4. Implement an aggressive Fall Protection Plan to include fall protection in all cases where work is being performed six feet or more above lower surfaces. The fall protection plan includes verifying that each contractor using personal fall protection equipment has received the required fall protection training and that the training is documented.
      5. Utilize third-party Loss Prevention Specialists from Lee Lewis Construction's insurance provider to conduct quarterly site surveys.

      Employee Engagement and Involvement:

      1. Arrange for and encourage employee involvement in the structure and operation of the program and in decisions that affect their safety and health so that they will commit their insight and energy to achieving the safety and health program's goal and objectives.
      2. Encourage subcontractor participation in jobsite safety awareness activities, including daily or weekly audits and site surveys. Encourage subcontractors to solicit their employees' participation in their own safety and health programs.

      Ensure employees receive training as follows:

      1. Lee Lewis Construction's on-site supervisory personnel (safety managers, project managers and superintendents) and 50% of the first-tier subcontractor's competent person designees will complete the 30-Hour OSHA construction course (or its equivalent). Subcontractors can utilize other instructors as long as they can show a valid 30-Hour OSHA certification card showing completion of the course.
      2. All employees will receive a site-specific construction safety orientation in English or Spanish that addresses jobsite safety and health issues and the procedures relative to the work being performed and the requirements outlined in this Partnership Agreement.
      3. Safety and health awareness training to subcontractors with Spanish speaking employees will be conducted in Spanish. The training classes may include the following:
        • OSHA 10-Hour
        • First Aid / CPR / AED
        • Fall Protection
      4. Other hazard-specific training will be conducted on an as-needed basis.
      5. Provide training for workers in the OSHA 10-Hour construction course. Subcontractors can utilize other instructors as long as they can show a valid certification card showing completion of the course. Subcontractors have primary responsibility for providing this training. OSHA will provide assistance as needed.

      Supporting Strategies to Ensure a Safe Workplace:

      1. Require subcontractors who have written safety and health programs to submit them to Lee Lewis Construction. Those that do not have their own written safety and health programs will adopt Lee Lewis Construction's Regular and Site-Specific Safety and Health Programs.
      2. Ensure health-related issues arising during the course of the construction work are adequately addressed internally by Lee Lewis Construction and subcontractors. All health-related issues will be discussed as a specific topic at every weekly subcontractor meeting and during the weekly quarterly partnership safety meetings.
      3. Ensure compliance with NFPA 70E when working on live electrical equipment, including training and the availability and use of personal protective equipment. A system of control procedures will be implemented to oversee the implementation of appropriate protective measures prior to exposure.
      4. Ensure all equipment capable of worker extremity amputations is adequately guarded per OSHA and equipment manufacturer requirements.
      5. Utilize Lee Lewis Construction's or a qualified third party qualified/certified crane inspector to inspect all long-term cranes after they have been erected and certify them for safe operation. A recent inspection (less than one year) by a certified crane inspector will be required for all cranes.
      6. Establish and utilize a program to ensure that all crane operators are competent and certified to operate the specific crane in use. Crane Operators are encouraged to have their Certification of Crane Operators (NCCO).
      7. Plan all critical lifts to be performed during the construction of the Project. Lifts over 75% of the crane's capacity are considered critical and require additional documentation, such as a Critical Lift Plan.

    The Lubbock Area Office will conduct an enforcement verification inspection and a non-enforcement verification inspection.

    The measurement system will use the OSHA 300 logs and self-inspections to determine the Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) and Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) by craft for the participating contractors and compare to the average for the construction industry nationally.

    Monthly reports will indicate the applicable number of employers, supervisors and employees trained. Records will be maintained of training certifications. All contractors will be required to conduct daily and/or weekly safety toolbox talks, which will be reported as training hours.

    Outcome measures will be gathered on a monthly basis and will incorporate data to analyze the number of employees surveyed, number of injuries, illnesses, fatalities, and serious hazards found and abated as a result of onsite audits and job site inspections.

    Measurement factors will be compiled monthly and submitted to the OSHA Partnership Coordinator.


    Partnership Evaluation: The partnership will be evaluated by the Lubbock Area Office on an annual basis, in accordance with the Strategic Partnership Annual Evaluation Format measurement system as specified in Appendix C of CSP 03-02-003, OSHA Strategic Partnership Program for Worker Safety and Health Directive (See Example Evaluation). The annual evaluation data will be provided to OSHA no later than 60 days after the anniversary date of the partnership signing.

    OSHA may ask that the following information be provided by the company during the on- site non-enforcement verification visit, for review or collection by OSHA:

    1. OSHA 300/300A and 301 Logs of Injuries and Illnesses.
    2. Maintain Global Harmonization System (GHS) to include all Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
    3. Number of employee training sessions held, number of employees and supervisors/managers trained.
    4. Number of and results of safety / health audits and inspections, which may include hazards identified and corrected.
    5. Any documentation relating to employee involvement or participation, including minutes of safety meeting.
    6. Any documentation of communication between management and employees (may include computer memos, feedback on each suggestion, or other appropriate documentation).
    7. Any documentation relating to any partners participation in health or safety seminar(s) (i.e. 10 and 30-Hour Construction Safety and Health Courses, Safety and Health Fair, Trade Shows, etc.).

    In the event of an enforcement inspection, maximum penalty reductions for all tiered contractors working on this jobsite as allowed in the OSHA CPL-02-00-160 Field Operations Manual (FOM) for good faith and history. When calculating the initial penalty reduction, OSHA will grant the 25% reduction provided in the OSHA FOM where the employer has taken specific, significant steps beyond those provided in the OSHA FOM to achieve a high level of employee protection. This additional reduction will not apply to high gravity serious, willful, failure to abate or repeat citations.

    The Partnership will include priority consideration for compliance assistance and offsite technical assistance (phone calls/faxes) by OSHA as resources allow.


    OSHA will conduct two unannounced enforcement verification inspections each year for the term of the project. OSHA, in addition, will conduct a non-enforcement verification inspection annually. These inspections will be conducted through normal enforcement inspection activity. Inspections conducted in response to complaints, Local/Regional Emphasis Programs, or Referrals will qualify as the monitoring inspection if, in addition to addressing the complaint/referral item(s), the compliance officer completes the focused inspection protocol for the worksite.

    The enforcement verification visits will be conducted within 6 months of the partner member signing. OSP verifications must be performed in accordance with the OSP Program Directive, CSP [03-02-003].

    Lee Lewis Construction and its subcontractors will remain subject to OSHA inspections and investigations in accordance with agency procedures. OSHA will continue to investigate fatalities and catastrophes that occur at member companies as well as formal complaints received.

    Limited Scope Inspections

    1. OSHA will conduct un-programmed inspections in accordance with the current Agency enforcement policies and procedures, as specified in the Field Operations Manual CPL 02-00-148.
    2. OSHA will conduct fatality/accident investigations.
    3. OSHA will conduct investigations of formal (signed) complaints and informal (unsigned) complaints that do not result in voluntary and adequate corrections by the employer.

    1. Participating Contractors

      Selection Criteria for Participants: Participants in this cooperative agreement will receive a briefing by Lee Lewis Construction that will enable them to understand the tenets of this agreement. Participants should understand the principles and guidelines of this agreement, and realize the purpose of the cooperative agreement is to enhance their awareness of safety and health, and improve their safety and health program.

      Executive Commitment: Participants agree to submit a letter stating executive commitment to develop and maintain a safety and health program for this construction project. It should make clear such a program is a priority for the officer and that he (or she) will personally track programs and hold managers accountable for administration of the program. The letter should be addressed to the OSHA Area Director. A similar letter should be addressed to managers and employees and posted for two months in the workplace. Such letters must also be translated (in writing) in the language of the workers. Elements of a safety and health management program are described below:

      Commitments to develop a safety and health program, below are the elements of such a program:

      Management Commitment and Employee Involvement

      Worksite Analysis

      Hazard Prevention and Control

      Safety and Health Training

      Cooperation with OSHA

      • Member agrees to:

          1. State a worksite policy on safe and healthful work and working conditions, so that all personnel with responsibility at the site (and personnel at other locations with responsibility for the site) fully understand the priority and importance of safety and health protection in the organization.
          2. Establish and communicate a clear goal for the safety and health program and define objectives for meeting that goal so that all members of the organization understand the results desired and measures planned for achieving them.
          3. Provide visible top management involvement in implementing the program so that all employees understand that management's commitment is serious.
          4. Arrange for and encourage employee involvement in the structure and operation of the program and in decisions that affect their safety and health so that they will commit their insight and energy to achieving the safety and health program's goal and objectives.
          5. Assign and communicate responsibility for all aspects of the program so that managers, supervisors, and employees in all parts of the organization know what performance is expected of them.
          6. Provide authority and resources to responsible parties so that assigned responsibilities can be met.
          7. Review program operations at least quarterly to evaluate their success in meeting the goals and objectives so that deficiencies can be identified and the program and/or the objectives can be revised when they do not meet the goal of effective safety and health protection.

        Member agrees to:

          1. Conduct periodic workplace inspections/audits for the purpose of identifying and correcting safety and health hazards. Fall, electrical, struck by and caught between hazards will be documented and corrected.
          2. Inspections/audits will be conducted as frequently as deemed necessary by the company, but in no case less than once every month.
          3. The company will utilize the services of their own safety representative or their designee to perform these inspections/audits in addition to their own inspection/audit.
          4. The company will utilize a safety committee that contains representatives of both management and employees.
          5. Perform routine job hazards analyses and job safety analyses to identify hazards and hazard controls.
          6. Provide a reliable system for employees to notify management personnel about conditions that appear hazardous and to receive timely and appropriate responses and encourage employees to use the system without fear of reprisal. This system utilizes employee insight and experience in safety and health protection and allows employee concerns to be addressed.
          7. Investigate accidents and "near miss" incidents so that their causes and means of prevention can be identified.
          8. Maintain records of recordable injuries and illnesses as required by OSHA.
          9. Analyze injury and illness trends to identify work practice improvements or material modifications necessary to prevent accidents.
          10. The safety and health official will prepare an annual analysis of the company's safety and health program. This will include a summary of all major hazards found and corrected through inspection and safety committee efforts, those still uncorrected, injury/illness trends, and recommendations for safety and health improvements.

        Member agrees to:

          1. Establish, at the earliest time, safe work practices and procedures that are understood and followed by all affected parties. Understanding and compliance are a result of training, positive reinforcement, correction of unsafe performance, and if necessary, enforcement through a clearly communicated disciplinary system.
          2. Provide personal protective equipment.
          3. Plan and prepare for emergencies, and conduct training and emergency drills, as needed, to ensure that proper responses to emergencies will be "second nature" for all persons involved.
          4. Establish a medical program that includes first aid onsite as well as nearby emergency medical care to reduce the risk of any injury or illness that occurs.

        Member agrees to:

          1. Instruct each worker in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.
          2. Train workers on fall protection and prevention of electrocutions, caught-between and struck-by accidents.
          3. Train select personnel in basic first aid and CPR.
          4. Train personnel in hazard communications.
          5. Make Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available to any requesting worker.
          6. Train workers in any other aspects that will enable them to do their jobs safely.
          7. Train workers on recognizing and avoiding construction safety and health hazards, as well as the authority to stop work.

        Member agrees to:

          1. Allow OSHA to conduct two annual on-site enforcement inspections in accordance with this partnership agreement. The inspections may result in citations and penalties being issued to the company.
          2. Cooperate with OSHA during all inspections and to share information on its safety and health program, program analysis, recordkeeping data, and internal inspection/audit results.
          3. Allow an employee representative to participate on OSHA inspections and to allow interviews with workers.
    2. OSHA

      OSHA Commitment

      1. OSHA will endeavor to support the company in reasonable requested training.
      2. OSHA will furnish technical advice, publications and training material to the employer upon request. Such requests will not cause an OSHA inspection.
      3. Informal complaints (unsigned) - participant will have an opportunity to resolve such complaints; however, if corrections are inadequate, an inspection may be made to compel compliance.
      4. OSHA will participate in the quarterly Partnership Committee meetings as available.

      Partnership Limitations

      1. It is stipulated that partnering employers remain subject to OSHA inspections and investigations in accordance with established Agency procedures.

      Limited Scope Inspections

      1. OSHA will conduct unprogrammed inspections in accordance with the current Agency enforcement policies and procedures, as specified in the Field Operations Manual CPL 02-00-148.
      2. OSHA will conduct fatality/accident investigations.
      3. OSHA will conduct investigations of formal (signed) complaints and informal (unsigned) complaints that do not result in voluntary and adequate corrections by the employer.

      Partnership Management

      Lee Lewis Construction will be responsible for providing the required monthly evaluations to the Area Director at the Lubbock Area OSHA Office.


    This partnership does not preclude employees and/or employers from exercising any right provided under the OSH Act, nor does it abrogate the responsibility to comply with rules and regulations adopted pursuant to the Act.


    If OSHA chooses to withdraw its participation in the partnership, the entire agreement is terminated.

    This agreement will terminate when the project is completed. If either OSHA or Lee Lewis Construction wishes to withdraw their participation prior to the established termination date, the agreement will terminate upon receiving a written notice of the intent to withdraw from either signatory.

    For non-signatory participants of the partnership, OSHA may terminate the participant's involvement at any time with written notice. Additionally, the participant may withdraw their participation from the strategic partnership at any time with a written notice of the intent to withdraw to OSHA.

    OSHA will terminate the participant's agreement or involvement for any sustained willful violation, any sustained failure-to-abate, or for failure to report a work-related fatality or in-patient hospitalization.

    OSHA will terminate the participant's agreement or involvement for a fatality or catastrophic event that occurs at the site. The partnership will terminate and will be closed for the duration of this project.

    OSHA will terminate the participant's agreement or involvement in the event of proven and unresolved retaliation against employees who exercise their protected safety and health rights under the OSH Act.


    This partnership will expire at the completion of this project.


    Signed this ______ day of February 2019


    Lee Lewis, Owner
    Lee Lewis Construction Company


    Elizabeth L. Routh
    Area Director
    Lubbock Area Office


    Management Commitment Letter
    Application Site Information
    Self- Inspection


    Elizabeth Linda Routh
    Area Director
    Lubbock Area Office
    1205 Texas Ave., Room 806
    Lubbock, Texas 79401

    Dear Mrs. Routh:

    Lee Lewis Construction Company is committed to a comprehensive safety and health program that will involve employees at all levels. It is our goal to include employees in safety and health inspections, and safety and health program analysis.

    Lee Lewis Construction Company will focus our efforts on providing safety and health training to our employees in the four areas where most accidents occur in the construction industry: falls, struck by, caught in between and electrocutions hazards. To accomplish this goal, we will utilize the Lee Lewis Construction Company Safety designee to assist in maintaining records of all injuries occurring in the work place, conducting inspections of the work place and providing training to all employees.









    Company Name







    Occupational Safety and Health Administration



    Employer Name:


    Name of Project:


    Site Address:


    Contact Person:


    Email address:


    Office Phone:




    Start Date:


    Estimated Completion Date:

    Lee Lewis Construction Company


    Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences


    1300 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX 79401


    Frank Call



    806 548 3174


    806 797 8492


    April 24, 2017


    April 29, 2020









    Employer Name:

    Name of Project:

    Total number of employees on-site:

    Accident Information:


    Number of Days Away cases:

    Number of restricted/Transferred cases:

    Hazards identified and corrected:

    Report for the Month of:
    Number of Sub Contractors/Companies in Partnership:
    Number of Self Inspections Performed:
    Number of Workers Covered by Self Inspection:
    Training Hours:

    Lee Lewis Construction Company

    Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Construction Project







    Type of Hazards Identified # Immediately Corrected # Corrected within 1 Week Total Corrected
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    Electrical Hazard        
    Struck by Hazard        
    Caught In/Between Hazard        


    # of employees
    # of supervisors


    Inspection(s) conducted by:




    General Information

    Partnership Name*  
    Originating Office*  
    Primary OSHA Contact  
    Additional OSHA Office(s)  
    Effective Date*   End Date  
    # Participating Employers*   # Participating Employees*  

    Strategic Areas of Emphasis (check all applicable)

    Industry Concentrations Fatality Hazards
    Landscaping (56173)   Fall from Elevation  
    Oil/Gas Field Services (212311-1/2)   Trenching  
    Logging (11331)   Struck By  
    Residential Construction (23611)   Powered Industrial Vehicle  
    Commercial/Institutional Construction (23622)   Electrical  
    Highway, Street, Bridge Construction (23622)      
    Areas of Emphasis - S/H Hazards Other
    Amputations in Selected Manufacturing Industries   Hispanic/Immigrant  
    Lead   Youth Workers  
    Silica   Homeland Security  
    Noise in Non-Construction      

    Other General Information

    Union Participating (Y/N)   Consultation Participating (Y/N)  
    VPP Element (Y/N)   Small Business (Y/N)  
    Level of Safety/Health Management System (SHMS) Focus (Select One)
    No specific Focus   Improve Existing Systems/Programs  
    Development/Implementation of SHMS   Recognition of Effective SHMS  
    Increase # of Employers with Systems/Programs      

    Partnership Summary*


    Sub-Contractors Signatory Information

    City/State/Zip Code  
    Management Name  
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