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OSHA Credits Cooperative MASTER Program
CINCINNATI BENGALS FOOTBALL STADIUM BUILT
WITH RECORD LOW INJURY AND ILLNESS RATES
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today that the number of injuries and illnesses at the Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals) construction project is significantly below the national average for such projects, and area workplace safety experts are crediting a voluntary construction safety program.
The Cincinnati Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA developed a voluntary cooperative partnership with the contractors and Hamilton County to enhance overall job site safety at the Paul Brown Stadium. The partnership, known as "Mobilized Alliance for Safety, Teamwork, Education and Results (MASTER) was designed to increase employee involvement, joint labor and management job site safety oversight, teamwork and education of construction workers on construction sites.
The lost workday injury and illness rate for the stadium project is 0.95 as compared to the national rate of 4.0 for the construction industry. The national rate is based on the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics survey for 1998, which is the most recent data.
Hamilton County has indicated that over four million dollars has been saved through reduced worker's compensation and general liability costs due to the low injury and illness rate.
The MASTER project concept, with an emphasis on the utilization of fall protection, was implemented at the start of the stadium project and has remained in place throughout all phases of the project. A labor and management safety team provided continuous oversight and monitoring of site safety performance. The MASTER project at the Paul Brown Stadium is unique because it includes Hamilton County as well as Turner/Barton, Malow/DAG Joint Venture and contractor and employee representatives.
"Falls, electrocutions and accidents in which employees are struck by or caught in various materials account for the majority of fatalities and serious injuries at construction sites", Michael G. Connors, Regional OSHA Administrator, Chicago, said. "One of OSHA's goals, as outlined in the agency's strategic plan, is to reduce fatalities by 15% in the construction industry. The MASTER project demonstrates OSHA's commitment to work cooperatively with employers and employees who are pro-actively making an attempt to reduce injuries and fatalities at their work sites.
William M. Murphy, Area Director of the Cincinnati area office stated, "The MASTER project concept has been very successful in reducing injuries and illnesses on construction sites". Murphy noted that employee exposure to fall hazards accounts for approximately one-third of all fatalities in the construction industry and OSHA has a special emphasis on fall hazards. The MASTER project includes special provisions to address fall hazards and was highly successful at the Paul Brown Stadium in reducing all injuries including those related to fall hazards.
The MASTER project program is being tested at construction sites in the Cincinnati area, including the Great American Ball Park Stadium (Cincinnati Reds) and OSHA plans to expand the program in 2001 to include all of Ohio.
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