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Region 2 News Release:     04-959-NEW
Date: Wed., May 26, 2004
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Office: (215) 861-5102


New OSHA Partnership Formed to Protect Workers During Weehawken Project

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. -- Workers involved in the Weehawken Vent Shaft project will be safer thanks to a new partnership formed between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Slattery Skanska, Inc.

"The Weehawken project involves a broad scope of operations. Many have potential safety and health hazards," said Patricia K. Clark, regional administrator of OSHA in New York. "This partnership provides a strong foundation for ensuring that workers stay safe throughout its duration."

The Weehawken project is designed to improve ventilation in a commuter rail tunnel. Operations will include demolition, excavation, transportation and disposal of contaminated materials, storm water management, structural steel work, heavy rigging, pipe and casing welding and associated construction activities. At its peak, four contractors will employ more than 40 trades-people.

OSHA's Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, and employers.

The Weehawken partnership goals include zero fatalities; finding and fixing hazards before they result in injuries; strengthening awareness of safety and health issues, and promoting cooperation between labor and management to achieve a safe and healthful work site. OSHA and Slattery Skanska, will also provide training for safety awareness and to deal with hazards.

For more information, contact the Parsippany OSHA office at (973) 263-1003.

Since its Strategic Partnership Program began in 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed more than 300 partnerships, impacting over 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States.

OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.



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