Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
IEW Construction Group
Partnership description: OSHA and IEW Construction Group have entered into a partnership to protect all workers employed by contractors and subcontractors on a large-scale highway and roadway improvement program administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The program calls for structural steel and aluminum repairs in northern and central parts of the state, including Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset and Warren counties.
Partnership goals: The partnership seeks to improve IEW’s overall safety and health management system, reinforce safety as a core value, reduce work-related injuries and illnesses by providing a safe work environment, and promote work zone safety for employees in critical infrastructure projects.
Background: OSHA Health and Safety partnerships align with the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts to protect workers’ safety and health through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. Since 2001, OSHA has created more than 500 partnerships to foster safety and health in the workplace.
Founded in 1925, IEW is recognized for its work on many state landmarks and public projects, including the New Jersey War Memorial, State House Annex, State Museum, and countless numbers of bridge and roadway projects to date for the state Department of Transportation and NJ Transit.
Quotes: “Public-private sector partnerships that focus on workplace safety and eliminating hazards during major construction repair projects are proven methods to protect workers,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Richard Mendelson, in New York. “IEW Construction Group’s commitment to workplace safety will help every worker on the project to end their shifts safely.”