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Region 5 News Release: 08-872-CHI
July 1, 2008
Contact: Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms safety and health partnership with contractors during the Lucas County arena construction project

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The goals of a new partnership among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Lathrop/Turner Construction Co. and the Lucas County Board of Commissioners are to reduce injuries and other worksite hazards, develop stronger training programs, and enhance safety and health during construction of the $105 million Lucas County Multi-Purpose Arena.

"Working together to share best practices, and to develop and implement safety and health training to contractors and construction employees will be the principal focus of this partnership, said Jule Hovi, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "If we can provide these employers and their employees with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards, we will get that much closer to eliminating job-related injuries.

The 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena is expected to be completed by the fall of 2009 and will host hockey, arena football, basketball tournaments, and various concerts and other entertainment events. The agreement covers all contractors and subcontractors expected on the site. More than 70 contractors and 2,000 people will be employed during the course of construction.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L.