NEW HAVEN, CT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dimeo Construction Co., the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the New Haven Building Trades signed a partnership agreement to promote worker safety and health on the 101 College St. and 100 College St. Pedestrian Bridge construction projects in New Haven.

The partnership will focus on hazards related to falls, electricity, struck-by objects, noise, silica, air contaminants and materials handling equipment. The partners will also encourage contractors to improve safety and health programs and provide training to all workers, employers and supervisors.

“Safety doesn’t occur in a vacuum. The participants in this partnership are working together to achieve our common goals of maximizing safe and healthful work practices and minimizing hazards, injuries and illnesses throughout the life of these projects,” said OSHA Area Director Steven Biasi in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The 101 College St. project involves the construction of a new 12-story building to house research offices and two sublevels for parking. The 100 College St. Pedestrian Bridge project will construct two new pedestrian bridges. The North Bridge will span Martin Luther King Boulevard and the South Bridge will span South Frontage Road.

OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations and other stakeholders to establish specific goals and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. Learn more about OSHA.

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