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Region 1 News Release: 08-27-BOS/BOS 2008-007
Wed., Jan. 9, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA forges safety and health partnership to protect employees during Williams College construction project

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Barr & Barr Builders Inc. of Framingham, Mass., a general contractor, have formed a new partnership to protect employees. The goals of the partnership are to enhance safety and health and reduce injuries for employees working on the construction of the North and South Academic Buildings at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

"This partnership emphasizes employee training and an ongoing commitment to identifying and eliminating hazards before they harm workers," said Mary Hoye, OSHA's area director in Springfield. "Taking an aggressive stance should reduce injuries and illnesses and their associated costs, increase productivity and, most important, help ensure that every employee on this project finishes each workday healthy and whole."

Under the partnership, Barr & Barr will develop and implement a comprehensive safety and health program that adheres to or exceeds OSHA guidelines. The program will emphasize employee involvement and include mandatory training for all supervisors and employees; weekly worksite safety training; documented safety inspections and the collection of injury and illness data to track trends and identify hazards.

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