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Region 5 News Release 04-1058-CHI
Date: July 16, 2004
Contact: Juan Solano
Phone: (312) 353-6976
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) entered into a partnership today with Power Construction Company LLC and the state of Illinois to ensure the safety and health of workers at the Des Plaines Metropolitan Square Project.
OSHA 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 trade associations, labor organizations, and employers.
The project consists of a four-story parking garage, two multi-level condominium units, two retail centers, and an office building. The level of activity by 250 workers to complete the project by December 2005 requires a cooperative effort to address safety hazards during construction. Joining in the partnership is the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program
"The partnership allows OSHA to work with Power Construction Company, contractors and the state to improve safety and health for all workers on this important project," said Diane Turek, OSHA area director, Chicago North area office. "It demonstrates OSHA's commitment to work with employers, employees and others to eliminate hazards and reduce injuries."
The goal of the partnership is to achieve a lost workday injury and illness rate that is three percent below the construction industry's 2002 average. It will address fatalities and injuries caused by falls, moving equipment or machinery, electrocution, workers caught between equipment, trenches, scaffolding, improperly guarded machines, cutting of silica, and cranes.
Power Construction Company will develop a site-specific safety manual, designate a safety manager to oversee the project, conduct bi-monthly safety audits to identify and eliminate serious workplace hazards, and summarize data from OSHA jobsite logs of injuries and illnesses. All project workers will receive jobsite orientations and site-specific training, and will be actively involved in day-to-day workplace safety.
In return, OSHA will assist the safety audit team, attend bi-monthly meetings, help with safety and health training, and conduct verification inspections every six months. OSHA will still conduct inspections in response to imminent dangers, employee complaints, a fatality, or catastrophic accident.
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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