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OSHA News Release – Region 2
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 News Release: BOS 2002-186
Wednesday, September 4, 2002
Contact: John M. Chavez
Phone: (617) 565-2075
NEW YORK -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today signed a site-safety and health partnership agreement with the construction contractor Bovis Lend Lease, the Building Trades Employers' Association and the Building and Construction Trades Council. The partnership is for the ongoing construction project at 731 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan that commenced on March 1, 2002.
Bovis Lend Lease is providing construction management services at 731 Lexington Avenue for the construction of the new 54 story, 1.4 million square foot, mixed use building. At the project completion in March of 2005, the building will consist of retail, office and residential spaces. Bovis' role is to provide the administration and coordination of construction contractors and ensure compliance with construction environmental, health, and safety practices.
Signatories for OSHA included Region 2 Regional Administrator Patricia K. Clark and Manhattan Area Director Richard Mendelson. Also signing were Anthony Mannion, Senior Vice President, Bovis Lend Lease; Louis J. Coletti, Chairman & CEO, Building Trades Employers' Association; and Edward J. Malloy, President, Building & Construction Trades Council.
According to OSHA Regional Administrator Patricia Clark, one of the partnership's goals is to form a contractor / government relationship that will serve to encourage other New York City contractors to improve their safety and health performance. And she noted that the inclusion of the Building Trades Employers' Association and the Building and Construction Trades Council will help further support a framework for positive change within the New York City's construction industry geared towards ensuring employee safety & health.
The partnership was initiated as a result of relationships formed between OSHA and contractors during the clean up operations at the World Trade Center Emergency Project. Bovis Lend Lease was one of the prime contractors in that project and, as a result of their cooperation and commitment to employee safety and health, the partnership was formed.
"Cooperation among labor, management and OSHA is vital to ensure the safety and health of workers on any large and complex construction project," said OSHA Manhattan Area Director Richard Mendelson. "This partnership agreement to protect the workers building 731 Lexington Avenue is precisely the type of understanding that fosters such cooperation."
Partnership agreements allow for contractors to be more involved in safety and health and offer incentives from OSHA that will serve to increase emphasis on employee safety & health concerns. Some of these incentives include OSHA providing training or other assistance with safety and industrial hygiene concerns. The partnership however, does not preclude OSHA from enforcing its mission of addressing complaints, fatalities, serious accidents, nor does it infringe on the rights of employees to report workplace hazards.
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565 2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800 347 8029.
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