MIOSHA Partners with Contractors on Hospital Construction Project

"Partnering with the employer community is fundamental to preventing workplace hazards, which is why MIOSHA is pleased to form its first cooperative relationship with Skanska Closner on this exciting project," MIOSHA Construction Safety and Health Division Director Lawrence Hidalgo said.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and representatives of the joint venture Skanska Closner recently signed a partnership with the goal of zero worker injuries, accidents, and near misses during the construction of a new hospital and medical office building in Marquette. The facility will replace UP Health System-Marquette with a 265-bed, 542,817-square-foot building equipped with diagnostic, therapeutic, patient care, administrative support and operational support services.

Construction began in June 2016 and is expected to be completed in October 2018, according to MIOSHA.

"Partnering with the employer community is fundamental to preventing workplace hazards, which is why MIOSHA is pleased to form its first cooperative relationship with Skanska Closner on this exciting project," MIOSHA Construction Safety and Health Division Director Lawrence Hidalgo said Dec. 15. "Together, we can better protect the health and safety of Michigan workers."

Signers included Hidalgo; Gary Cooper, Skanska Closner's senior vice president of operations; Tim Roman, U.P. Building and Construction Trades Council president; and partnering subcontractors.Skanska Closner is a joint venture partnership between Skanska USA and Closner Construction, a Marquette-based contractor.

The partnership outlines a clear safety objective and provides analytics to help all parties improve their safety awareness with the ultimate goal of zero recordable injuries.

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