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OSHA News Release – Region 2
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 BOS 2003-276
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Contact: John M. Chavez
Phone: (617) 565-2075
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a second partnership agreement to foster job safety and health during the construction of a state-of-the-art combined-cycle power plant at the Charles M. Poletti Generating Station in Astoria, N.Y. Entering into the partnership with OSHA are construction contractor Slattery Skanska, Inc., the New York Power Authority, construction manager DMJM Harris, and trade union officials. The generating station will add 500 megawatts to New York City's power supply. OSHA Health and Safety partnerships are part of Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships of labor unions and employers.
"Partnerships give OSHA an opportunity to assist contractors in developing a safer workplace," said OSHA Regional Administrator Patricia K. Clark. "This partnership, our second in Queens with Slattery Skanska, will help improve safety and health for workers at all levels of the project. It demonstrates OSHA's continued commitment to work cooperatively with employers and labor unions who make every effort to eliminate hazards and reduce injuries."
Signing the agreement for OSHA were Clark and OSHA's Long Island Area Director Harvey Shapiro. Signing for Slattery Skanska was project manager William Richardson. Other signatories included John Grzan, senior project manager for New York Power Authority; Peter Rooney, vice president for DMJM Harris; John Totino union shop stewards' labor safety liaison; and James Rush, program manager of the New York State OSHA consultation program, New York State Department of Labor.
Partnership agreements allow contractors to be more directly involved in safety and health on particular projects. They offer incentives from OSHA that increase emphasis on employee safety and health, including OSHA-provided training or other assistance. The partnership does not preclude OSHA from addressing complaints, fatalities, or serious accidents, and 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, and continued with the Ravenswood Co-Generation Partnership. "Slattery Skanska demonstrated genuine concern for the safety and health of employees at those work sites, and this new partnership gives testimony to that continuing concern," said OSHA Area Director Harvey Shapiro.
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