Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Restoration Partnership Increases Safety and Health Training and Results in Zero Injuries and Illnesses


In June 2007, Corman Construction and OSHA's Region III Baltimore/Washington Area Office signed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) for the Frederick Douglass/South Capitol Street Memorial Bridge Restoration Project. The structural steel on concrete Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge measures 3,002 feet long by 75 feet wide and is located on South Capitol Street in Southeast Washington, D.C. The owner of the bridge is the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.

The scope of this project, which lasted a little less than a year, entailed steel repair and steel member strengthening, sidewalk rehabilitation, deck repair, installation of new lighting, repair of the fender system, removal of the Hess petroleum tanks under the bridge, reworking the approaches to the new baseball stadium, repainting the steel bridge members, milling, repaving, and marking the newly paved deck.

Success Impact:

Injury and Illness Rates Decline - Days Away, Restricted and Transfer (DART), Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR)

Over the duration of the OSP, the project did not experience a single recordable incident, resulting in a zero Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) rate and zero Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR). The below table presents the injury and illness rates over the duration of the OSP and compares them to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national average for the construction industry for the most recent year available.

10-Month Partnership 0 0
BLS Industry National Average for Most Recent Year 3.5 5.4

Extensive Training Leads to Exemplary Safety and Health Practices

Zero DART and TCIR rates are believed to be directly linked to over 2,500 hours of safety and health training that was offered to supervisors and employees. Training topics included daily crew huddles, which were performed with every crew on the site, in addition to weekly 10-minute Tool Box talks conducted with all employees. Orientations were conducted for new workers coming onto the site. Finally, 1,385 self-inspections were performed, resulting in 375 hazards being corrected or abated.

Partnership Objectives:

The key objectives of this OSP was to develop a contractor/government collaboration that encourages construction contractors to improve their safety and health performance, strive for the elimination of serious accidents in the construction industry, and recognize those contractors with exemplary safety and health management systems (SHMS).

  • Origin: Region III, Baltimore/Washington Area Office
  • Partners: Corman Construction, Barnhart Crane & Rigging, Celtic Demolition, Chesapeake Electric Systems, Fort Myer Construction, Long Fence, Pioneer Contracting Company, Highway and Safety Services, PrepCon, Prince Construction, Senate Asphalt, Serra Stone, Titan Construction, Wilcox Caulking
  • Partnership Signed: June 2007
  • Industry: Construction (NAICS Code 238190, 238210, 237310, 238990, 238120, 237990, 238140, 238320, 238390 SIC Code 1799, 1795, 1731, 1611, 1629, 1791, 1741, 1721, respectively)
  • Employees: 226
  • Employers: 13
  • Source: Joseph Sancomb, Region III, Baltimore/Washington Area Office / May 2008