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Region 5 News Release:    07-522-CHI
April 19, 2007
Contact: Scott Allen
Phone: (312)353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA and M.A. Mortenson Co. form safety partnership on GE Health Care Leadership Institute construction project
Minimizing work-related hazards and injuries is top priority

MILWAUKEE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and builder M.A. Mortenson Co. have formed a safety and health partnership focused on the expansion of the GE Health Care Leadership Institute in Waukesha, Wis. The company has committed to preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities among 160 employees working on the seven-month construction project.

"This agreement provides an opportunity for OSHA and M.A. Mortenson to demonstrate that we all benefit when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthful work environment," said George Yoksas, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee. "We want every employee to go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day."

M.A. Mortenson Co., a family-owned business, is involved in a wide variety of commercial building projects including the construction of corporate, health care, high tech manufacturing, network/data, sports, hospitality and educational facilities.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships wi