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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 06-1132-CHI
July 7, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
2 ½-Year Project Had Only One Lost-Time Injury
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The opening of the Bloomington Multiuse Center on May 25 in Bloomington, Ill., marked the end of a successful partnership of a type that the U.S. Department of ' Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been actively pursuing nationwide.
The partnership between OSHA and Johnston Contractors, a Bloomington-based company serving as prime contractor on the $37 million civic project, ends with only a single lost time accident over the two and one-half year span of construction.
In 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a national average for the construction industry of 3.4 lost time incidents for every 100 employees. The rate during the Multi-use Center building project was 1.1 per 100 workers, more than two-thirds below the national average," according to John Newquist, OSHA's area director in Peoria, Ill.
"That is a major achievement for a long-term project," Newquist said. "Johnston managers and employees can be proud of their success in auditing their work site to keep hazards under control. We are looking forward to other partnerships with them in the future." Newquist said that the company will receive a certificate of recognition from OSHA for the highly successful program.
Newquist praised project superintendent Chuck Thomas of Johnston Contractors for his proactive approach to conducting safety and health training for more than 300 employees during the partnership. Goals of the partnership included maintaining the lost work-time incidents below the national BLS average for construction; ensuring that all serious hazards were controlled; conducting daily audits to identify and correct hazards; and providing safety and health training for all of Johnston's contractors and their employees.
Since the inception of OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program in 1998, more than 410 partnerships have been formed, impacting more than 20,000 employers and 1 million 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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