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Region 2 News Release: BOS 2002-211
Friday, October 11, 2002
Contact: John M. Chavez
Phone: (617) 565-2075
Modern Art (MOMA) Construction Project
NEW YORK -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a site-safety and health partnership agreement with the construction contractor AMEC Construction Management, Inc., the Building Trades Employers' Association and the Building and Construction Trades Council. The partnership is for the ongoing construction project at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), at 11 West 53rd Street.
AMEC Construction Management is the construction manager for this project, which involves the renovation of the existing facility, and construction of two new steel frame buildings (140 and 250 feet high, respectively) for office and gallery use. At the peak of the project, AMEC and its subcontractors anticipate that they will employ more than 300 trade employees. The 30-month project is scheduled for completion in November 2004.
According to OSHA Regional Administrator Patricia Clark, one of the partnership's goals is to form a contractor-government relationship that will encourage other New York City contractors to improve their safety and health performance. 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. AMEC Construction Management was one of the prime contractors in that project and, as a result of their demonstrated cooperation and commitment to employee safety and health, the partnership was formed.
Signatories for OSHA included Regional Administrator Clark and Manhattan Area Director Richard Mendelson. Also signing were Gary DiPaolo and Leo DiRubbo, AMEC Construction Management, Inc; Louis J. Coletti, Chairman & CEO, Building Trades Employers' Association; and Edward J. Malloy, President, Building & Construction Trades Council.
"I'm happy to partner with contractors who obviously value the benefits of working together with labor and government on a large and complex construction project," said Area Director Mendelson. "Partnering on a high-visibility project such as MOMA highlights the benefits of a safe worksite."
Mendelson noted that partnership agreements allow for contractors to be more involved in safety and health and offer such incentives from OSHA as training or other assistance with safety and industrial hygiene concerns. The partnership, however, does not preclude OSHA from taking enforcement actions to address complaints, fatalities, or 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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