April 12, 2019
CLEVELAND, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Walsh Construction Company II LLC have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the demolition, remodeling, and construction of the I-480 Valley View Bridge Project in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
As part of OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program, the partnership will focus on construction hazards, such as falls, electrical safety, heat stress, and silica exposure. The partners will also encourage contractors to conduct daily audits and weekly trainings to exchange information on hazards identified, best practices, and to promote worker participation in safety and health programs.
Other organizations participating in the partnership include the Ohio On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program; Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation; Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 860; Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters; International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18; Iron Workers Local Union No. 17; and Cement Masons Local 404.
Through the Strategic Partnership Program, OSHA works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/.