Messer Pendleton, U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA sign partnership agreement

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati project partners commit to a safe and healthy jobsite

Cincinnati, OH (October 19, 2011) – Messer Construction Co. and Pendleton Construction Group LLC (Messer / Pendleton) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation have entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to enhance the safety and health of workers during the construction of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. The OSHA On-site Consultation Program, funded in part by federal OSHA but run by the state of Ohio, will also participate. 

“This partnership reflects a mutual recognition of the importance of workers’ safety and health, and a common desire to prevent injuries and illnesses on the job site,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “The goals of this partnership are to promote and continuously improve effective safety programs, and to encourage open and continuous communication among OSHA, project workers and the various project employers.”

The $400 million Horseshoe Cincinnati urban casino development project, which includes ground-up construction of 300,000 sq. ft. building and six-level parking structure, began earlier this year on the City’s northeast side and is scheduled for completion in spring 2013. All contractors and subcontractors on the project – primarily representing the southwest Ohio region – will be considered partners to this agreement.

“Messer is committed to creating safe and healthy jobsites and our goal at every site is to eliminate unplanned occurrences and accidents, and create a safety culture,” said Chris Cordrey, safety, health and environment director for Messer Construction Co. “We do this by regularly facilitating safety discussions and trainings, and holding ourselves accountable to OSHA safety standards as part of our comprehensive Safety4Site™ program. With large, complex projects like Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, Messer takes its commitment to safety a step further by formally and voluntarily partnering with OSHA.”

Smaller subcontractors, including minority and women-owned businesses, can have varying levels of safety training based on access to resources. When working on a complex site it’s especially vital that everyone is educated and trained on workplace safety best practices. A partnership with OSHA provides smaller subcontractors the opportunity to build a relationship with OSHA through open communication and access to the expertise, trainings and resources OSHA makes available to help ensure a safe workplace environment.

“The partnership helps elevate awareness and reaffirm all parties’ commitment to safety. We want our contractors and workers to apply the best practices they learn on this site to the next,” added Cordrey.

The voluntary partnership agreement is focused on identifying and controlling safety hazards, improving safety and health programs, promoting a cooperative relationship between workers and management, and encouraging employee participation in achieving a safe and healthful workplace. It aims to meet these objectives through increased training, implementation of best work practices and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations.  Daily huddle meetings to discuss safe working practices and potential hazards will be held, and workers will lead daily stretch activities as one means of promoting personal health.

Current and previous Messer projects that have entered into a partnership with OSHA include Xavier University, The Banks and West Chester Hospital, among others.

About U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Through its Strategic Partnership Program, OSHA partners with employers, workers, professional and trade associations, labor organizations and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies and performance measures to improve worker safety and health. For more information visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/partnerships/index.html.

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 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 http://www.osha.gov.

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