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OSHA News Release – Region 2
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 03-783-NEW/BOS 2004-026
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
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 third partnership agreement to foster job safety and health during construction of a state-of-the-art power plant in Queens, N.Y. Entering into the partnership with OSHA are contractor Tully Construction Co., Inc., the New York Power Authority, construction manager DMJM Harris, trade union officials, and the New York State Consultation Program.
OSHA Health and Safety partnerships are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships with labor unions and employers.
"Partnerships give OSHA an opportunity to assist contractors in developing a safer workplace for workers," said OSHA's New York Regional Administrator Patricia K. Clark. "This partnership, our third in Queens and the first with Tully Construction, will help improve safety and health for workers at all levels of this project. It demonstrates OSHA's continued commitment to work cooperatively with employers and labor unions that make every effort to eliminate hazards and reduce injuries."
A previously signed partnership covers the Ravenswood cogeneration power plant being built in Long Island City, N.Y. This is the second partnership to be signed covering the combined-cycle power plant at the Charles M. Poletti Generating Station in Astoria, N.Y. The generating station will add 500 megawatts to New York City's power supply.
Signing the agreement for OSHA were Regional Administrator Clark and OSHA's Long Island Area Director Harvey Shapiro. Signing for Tully Construction was William Ryan Corporate Safety Director. Other signatories included John Grzan, senior project manager for New York Power Authority; Peter Rooney, vice president for DMJM Harris; Samuel Escobar, 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 Tully Construction at the World Trade Center work site, where the company demonstrated genuine concern for the safety and health of its employees.
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