The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, and Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., Chicago, have signed a strategic partnership May 22 to promote worker safety and health during the demolition of the former Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, Missouri.
The partnership will identify common construction hazards such as falls, struck-by, caught-in and electrocution and will encourage worker participation in employer safety and health programs. The partners will also educate employees and employers on best practices to improve safety and health.
“Our partners share a common goal to provide a safe environment for workers during this project,” Karena Lorek, OSHA Kansas City area office director, says. “The participants recognize that a comprehensive safety and health program can have a positive impact on employee safety in a high hazard work environment.”
Supporting the partnership are Bannister Transformation and Development, North Kansas City, Missouri; CenterPoint, Houston; the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 101, Kansas City; Kissick Construction Co., Kansas City; Laborers International Union of North America, Local 264, Kansas City; Olsson Associates, Kansas City; S.S. Papadopulos and Associates, Kansas City; and Superior Bowen, Kansas City.
Through its 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.