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Region 2 News Release: BOS 2003-013
Friday, January 31, 2003
Contact: John M. Chavez
Phone: (617) 565-2075
NEW YORK -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a partnership agreement to foster job safety and health during the construction of the Ravenswood cogeneration power plant at Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, N.Y. Entering into the partnership with the U.S. Labor Department agency are construction contractor Slattery/ Skanska, Inc., KeySpan Energy Development Corporation, Stone & Webster Construction, Inc., and trade union officials.
Signing the agreement for OSHA at the Jan. 31st ceremony were OSHA Regional Administrator Patricia K. Clark and Long Island Area Director Harvey Shapiro. Signing for Slattery/Skanska was project manager Keith Chouinard. Other signatories included project manager for KeySpan, Jim Marzonie, senior project manager for Stone & Webster Construction, Inc., John O. Fredrickson, union shop stewards' labor safety liaison, Patrick Daly, and program manager of the New York State OSHA Consultation Program, James Rush.
One of the partnership's goals is to form a contractor-government relationship that will encourage other New York contractors to improve their safety and health performance. OSHA Regional Administrator Clark said the inclusion of the labor safety liaison, the union shop steward who will also be safety committee co-chairperson, will support a framework for positive change within New York's construction industry to promote employee safety and health.
"Cooperation among labor, management, and government is key to ensuring the safety and health of workers on any large and complex project," said Area Director Shapiro. "This partnership is a wonderful example of a cooperative effort benefiting all parties."
Salvatore Mancini, president of Slattery/Skanska Inc., and of Skanska USA Civil, Inc., said: "We are delighted to be forming this partnership with OSHA, which will add significant value to our comprehensive safety program already in place on the Ravenswood cogeneration plant. Slattery/Skanska is honored to be part of this precedent-setting partnering initiative between a heavy civil/mechanical contractor and OSHA, and feel confident that it will serve as a benchmark for the entire industry."
Partnership agreements allow contractors to be more involved in safety and health. They offer incentives from OSHA that increase emphasis on employee safety and health concerns, including OSHA-provided training or other assistance. The partnership does not preclude OSHA from addressing complaints, fatalities, or serious accidents. It does not keep workers from reporting hazards.
The partnership grew out of the relationship OSHA developed with Slattery/Skanska during the construction of the Air Rail System at John F. Kennedy Airport. "Slattery/Skanska demonstrated genuine concern for the safety and health of employees at that work site, and this new partnership gives testimony to that concern," Shapiro said.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565-2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800-347-8029.
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