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The Parsippany, New Jersey office of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has received an award from Vice President Al Gore for its innovative program to protect highway workers from being struck by passing vehicles.
In ceremonies Friday during a partnership conference in Washington, OSHA's Parsippany Area Office received the Hammer Award, given by Gore to federal agencies that make significant contributions toward reinventing government, for its New Jersey Highway Construction Workzone Partnership. In cooperation with the New Jersey State Police, the state department of transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, International Brotherhood of Laborers Local 427, and Rutgers University, the OSHA office began in 1995 to identify and immediately correct serious hazards to employees working in highway work zones.
The five-part program also trained more than 300 state troopers and transportation department worksite engineers and technicians to recognize highway construction hazards. To date, more than 4,000 hazards have been identified and corrected, and more than 4,500 highway workers removed from harm.
"The hazards included inadequate barricades, improper lane closures, failure to wear high-visibility vests, and failure to place signs," said David Ippolito, OSHA area director. "The state considers the project such a success that it has assigned 20 additional state police, and expanded the effort to train county and local police in OSHA safety standards and hazard recognition. This is an excellent example of how effective a partnership can be," Ippolito noted.
"In the early years of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it seemed unlikely that employers, labor unions, and OSHA would willingly join forces in coordinated efforts to reduce injuries and illnesses. Today, however, as we participate in OSHA's first partnership conference in Washington, working together with business and labor has become a key strategy for us," Ippolito added.
"The common thread running through these partnerships is the commitment of each organization to work with OSHA to ensure that employees have safe and healthy environments," said Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman.
Under the banner, "Partner with OSHA: New Ways of Working," business and labor leaders, safety and health managers, and OSHA staff are meeting Friday with representatives of trade associations and professional groups. More than 450 participants are attending the conference, which is sponsored by the Labor Department and the Council for Excellence in Government, in cooperation with the Ford Foundation.
OSHA's Parsippany Area Office is located at 299 Cherry Hill Road, suite 304, Parsippany, New Jersey, telephone (973) 263-1003.
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