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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 06-1469-chi
August 24, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Project Complete with Outstanding Safety Rates
APPLETON, Wis. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today praised "a dedication to workplace safety in the construction of the Fox Energy Center that undoubtedly spared many families the pain of workplace injuries," according to Melvin Lischefski, OSHA area director, Appleton, Wis.
Seventeen contractors and labor groups with 2,420 employees worked 1,450,319 hours constructing the 550 megawatt power plant. Total recordable injury rates for the project were 63 percent below the national average. The safety data also showed that the incident rate for injuries requiring days away from the job, restricted duty or transfer to other duties was 93 percent below the national average in construction.
Contractors and employee groups on-site that participated in the partnership were awarded plaques and certificates to recognize their effort.
"Construction of the Fox Energy Center is one of the area's major projects," said Lischefski. "The potential for tragedy is always present if people don't pay attention to safety. On this project, people were concerned about making sure workers returned home safely to their families, and the results were proof of that commitment."
OSHA, prime contractor Calpine Construction Management Co. and the Wisconsin Safety Consultation Program signed a partnership agreement in November 2005, when the project first began. In addition to eliminating safety and health hazards on the job site, the partnership emphasized training and awareness and required that the employees working at the site receive site-specific safety and health training. In total, more than 28,000 hours of training were conducted at the site, with managers and approximately 270 other workers receiving more intense OSHA training.
Since its Strategic Partnership Program began in 1998, OSHA has formed more than 330 partnerships, impacting 13,000 employers and more than 573,000 workers across the United States.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 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 working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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