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Region 2 News Release: 05-162-NEW (osha 05-007)
Date: February 2, 2005
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Marks First Agreement with New Jersey Pharmaceutical Company
PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- A partnership officially signed Tuesday at Pfizer's Morris Plains, N.J., offices, will protect workers on the Pfizer Building Construction Project in Parsippany. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) joined forces with Pfizer, Turner Construction Company (TCCO), the New Jersey State Department of Labor On-site Consultation Program, the Morris County Building Construction Trades Council and area contractors to forge the comprehensive safety and health partnership.
Managed by TCCO, the project involves the construction of a multi-story parking garage. It is scheduled to be completed on or about June 2006. More than 200 trade employees are expected to be working onsite at its peak.
OSHA's strategic partnerships are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative working relationships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. Headquartered in New York City, TCCO has over 100 years of experience in the construction industry.
"This agreement not only marks a major step in protecting workers during the life of the Pfizer project, it also sets a precedent we hope other pharmaceutical companies will follow," said Patricia Clark, regional administrator of OSHA in New York. "We applaud Pfizer for taking a leadership role in workplace safety and health."
Partnership objectives include: zero fatalities, zero exposure to fall hazards greater than six feet above a lower level, promoting and encouraging employers to establish "Drug Free" workplaces and instituting a Motor Vehicle Safety Program for all employees at the site.
For more information about this partnership, contact the Parsippany OSHA office, 299 Cherry Hill Road-Suite 304, Parsippany, N.J. Phone: (973) 263-1003.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. 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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