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Region 5 News Release V-201
April 21, 2003
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
in Construction of New School
Workers at Deerfield, Wis. 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 Vogel Brothers Construction to ensure the safety and health of some 200 workers at a planned construction site in Deerfield Wis.
Vogel Brothers will also use the Deerfield High School job site as a teaching aid for high school students in safety and health procedures. Joining in the partnership at the school construction site are the Wisconsin Safety and Health Consultation Services.
"What better place to demonstrate the value of compliance assistance and cooperative efforts than at a school construction site?" U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao remarked. "It's the kind of lesson useful to all of us, the end result of which is that the parents of these school kids have a remarkably improved chance of returning home safely each day after work."
"This partnership will help improve safety and health for workers at all levels over the 14 months of the project," 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."
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, 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 unannounced inspection of the work site will be conducted by OSHA during the course of the construction project, which is expected to last for over a year and will include a renovation to an existing High School in Deerfield. 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.
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