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Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-00-21-2-28
Mon., Feb. 28, 2000
Contact: Diana Petterson
PHONE: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222
W.S. BELLOWS CONSTRUCTION CORP. IN HOUSTON RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY EXCELLENCE
In a joint effort to reduce job related injuries, illnesses and fatalities, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration through a comprehensive partnership program with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) has awarded the W.S. Bellows Construction Corp., Houston, Texas, a member contractor with exemplary safety records, admittance into a program designed to reduce injuries and illnesses by identifying on the job hazards and ensuring rapid abatement of those hazards.
John B. Miles Jr., OSHA regional administrator from Dallas, commended W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. for becoming the first general construction contractor to join in partnership with OSHA Region VI. Miles presented a banner to W.S. Bellows to be displayed on the company's job sites. During the presentation, Miles stated that,"the continued commitment of major construciton companies to the safety and health of all employees working at their jobsites is instumental in the reduction in fatalities and job related injuries in the Houston area."
In order to participate in the OSHA/AGC program, contractors must meet stringent safety guidelines that include:
an occupational injury and illness rate which is 15 percent below the most current published Bureau of Labor Statistics rates for the industry, and an Experience Modification Rate of .65 or below;
a site specific written safety and health program, based upon either ANSI or OSHA guidelines that includes employee involvement;
training for employees on hazards specific to their jobs;
designated safety personnel who have (1) at least one year of experience in managing an effective construction safety and health program, and (2) appropriate training in identifying construction hazards.
With participation, OSHA will:
Conduct a thorough evaluation of the employer's safety and health programs for each contractor and respond to reports of imminent danger, a fatality, or catastrophic accident, and a signed complaint;
Not issue penalties for non-serious violations that are promptly abated; and
Reduce any citation by the maximum amounts for good faith, size and history.
The agreement between OSHA and the AGC offers member companies the opportunity to work with OSHA as a partner. This partnership encourages safety and health programs, and works towards reducing injury/illness rates and workers compensation rates. Participation in the program encourages companies to monitor their own safety programs thus allowing OSHA to spend more time at sites that do not have an effective safety and health program, training or appropriate audit procedures for recognition of hazards.
Warren S. Bellows founded the company 85 years ago.
To find out more about participating in an OSHA/AGC partnership, contact the OSHA Houston North area office at (281)591-2438 or OSHA Houston South area office at (281)286-0583.
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