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Joint labor/management effort to reduce employee deaths and injuries
at construction sites throughout New York State
The U. S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will sign a "Platinum Partnership" agreement with the Associated Builders and Contractors Association (ABC), Empire State Chapter, at noon on Tuesday, October 31. The agreement recognizes those contractors within the association who are committed to and who have demonstrated exemplary safety and health programs at their work sites, including providing site-specific safety and health training for their employees.
The goal of the cooperative partnership between OSHA and ABC is to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities at construction sites throughout the State of New York, with special emphasis on reducing injuries and deaths resulting from falls and electrocutions.
"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", Patricia K. Clark, regional OSHA administrator said. "One of OSHA's goals, as outlined in the agency's strategic plan, is to reduce fatalities by 15% in the construction industry. This partnership demonstrates OSHA's commitment to work cooperatively with employers and employee associations who are proactively making an attempt to reduce injuries and fatalities at their work sites, as some of these ABC contractors have done."
ABC, which signed a national partnership agreement with OSHA in February, is a national association representing approximately 22,000 contractors in 83 chapters across the country. The Empire State Chapter serves more than 300 members and employs approximately 9,000 construction workers across New York State.
Platinum partnership contractors are required to meet stringent safety guidelines, including:
- having an occupational injury and illness rate of less than 8.0. The average injury and illness rate for the construction industry is 8.8
- having a site specific written safety and health program, based upon either American National Standards Institute or OSHA guidelines, that includes employee involvement.
- providing training for employees on hazards specific to their jobs.
- providing effective supervisor training modeled on OSHA's 10-hour construction safety course.
- designating a safety manager who receives training equivalent to OSHA's 30-hour construction safety training course.
- having a past history that includes no willful or repeat serious violations for the last three years, and no fatalities or catastrophic accidents in the last three years that resulted in serious citations.
OSHA provides incentives to employers to encourage them to enter into platinum partnerships, including:
- not targeting a job site for a planned or "programmed" inspection once a verification inspection has been completed.
- conducting unplanned site inspections only in response to reports of imminent danger, fatality, or catastrophic accident, and a signed complaint from an employee.
- responding to all other complaints by contacting the employer by telephone and faxing a letter to the employer outlining the complaint.
OSHA has seven offices in New York State:
401 New Karner Road
Albany, New York 12205
5360 Genesee Street
Bowmansville, New York 14026
42-40 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, New York 11361
1400 Old Country Road
Westbury, New York 11590
6 World Trade Center
New York, New York 10048
3300 Vickery Road
North Syracuse, New York 13212
660 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, New York 10591
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