OSHA Forms Partnership to Protect Construction Workers at Wis. Facility

November 11, 2005

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has formed a partnership with the Wisconsin Public Service Corp., project contractors and subcontractors and labor representatives of workers who, over the next four years, will build a $750 million 500-megawatt coal-fired electric generation plant just south of Wausau, Wis.

OSHA’s Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations and employers.

“This is an opportunity for OSHA to provide training and technical support to contractors to help them develop safety and health systems,” said Michael Connors, regional administrator of OSHA in Chicago. “Our goal is to have every employee go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day.”

The partnership is committed to lowering the participating firms’ injury and illness rates through increased workplace safety and health training and a renewed attention to issues surrounding the safety of workers.

Since its Strategic Partnership Program began in 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed more than 300 partnerships, impacting more than 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States.

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