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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release V-116
Date: Feb. 10, 2003
Contact: Kimberly Stille
Phone: (608) 441-5388
Workers at Middleton Site to be Protected
MADISON, Wis. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), through its Madison, Wis. Area Office, has entered into a partnership with Kraemer Brothers Construction and RED Development to ensure the safety and health of current and future workers at the shopping center complex currently under construction in Middleton, Wis.
Joining in the partnership covering workers at the Deming Way-Greenway Cross construction site are the Wisconsin Safety and Health Consultation Services. More than 400 workers will be employed during the months the project is under construction.
"This partnership will help improve safety and health for workers at all levels," said OSHA Area Director Kimberly Stille, Madison. "It demonstrates OSHA's commitment to work cooperatively with employers and employee representatives who make every effort to eliminate hazards and reduce injuries." Kraemer Brothers recently received an award for safety excellence from the Wisconsin Associated Builders and Contractors.
Under the terms of the partnership, contractors must meet stringent safety guidelines that include: maintaining a site-specific safety and health program that ensures employee involvement; providing all new employees a comprehensive safety orientation, and providing training for employees on hazards and regulations applicable to their work, prior to commencing work as well as weekly tool box talks. Additionally, the NIOSH Fall Safe Program will be implemented by Kraemer Brothers and referrals to the State Health Consultation Service will be made when the potential for health issues such as carbon monoxide, silica, or large-scale use of chemicals in the building interior arise.
In return for meeting these criteria, OSHA will not target the job site for planned or programmed inspections. One announced inspection of the work site would be conducted by OSHA during the course of the construction project, which is expected to last one year. OSHA will still conduct inspections in response to reports of imminent danger, a fatality or catastrophic accident.
OSHA's Madison Area Office can be reached at (608) 441-5388 and Information on OSHA's safety and health standards is available at the agency's web site at www.osha.gov.
The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7773 or TTY (202)693-7755.
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