Milwaukee Construction Project Takes Action To Protect Workers

Milwaukee Construction Project Takes Action To Protect Workers

Stakeholders signed a partnership with OSHA for a construction project in Wisconsin.

Worker safety is essential to every project and job. For one Wisconsin construction project, a few organizations are taking the extra step to keep their workers safe.

According to a press release, OSHA, Wisconsin On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program, Gilbane Building Co., C.D. Smith Construction and labor unions signed a partnership on a major construction project. This partnership will establish systems and requirements to “prevent workplace fatalities” and “control or eliminate serious workplace hazards.”

One portion of the partnership will focus on audits and training. Gilbane Building’s system, modeled after OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction, will require workers to be educated on the Occupational Safety and Health Act and to receive safety orientations for new projects. It will also require daily and monthly audits to be performed at the worksite of the six-story, 600,000-square-foot building.

“This partnership will help implement and audit safe work practices to protect everyone working at the site,” said OSHA Area Director Christine Zortman in Milwaukee in the press release. “Workplace safety demands prior planning, the right equipment and workers who are fully trained on hazards and safety precautions.”

Under the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP), stakeholders can work with OSHA (often local area offices) to reduce hazards and improve safety at worksites.

About the Author

Alex Saurman is a former Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety,who has since joined OH&S’s client services team. She continues to work closely with OH&S’s editorial team and contributes to the magazine.

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