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Region 5 News Release: 13-1504-CHI
July 31, 2013
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:    312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

OSHA establishes partnership with Greenfire/Gilbane, Milwaukee Building &
Construction Trades Council to protect workers on Potawatomi Hotel project

MILWAUKEE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established a strategic partnership with Greenfire/Gilbane and the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, to protect workers during the Potawatomi Hotel construction project in Milwaukee.

"This voluntary strategic partnership is focused on creating a working relationship to control or eliminate serious workplace construction hazards and establish a foundation for the development of effective safety and health programs," said Christine Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee. "It aims to meet these goals through increased training, implementation of best work practices and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations."

The 371,000-square-foot hotel, a $47 million project, will be constructed adjacent to the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Greenfire Management Services, Gilbane Building Co., the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council and subcontractors are expected to complete the project in the summer of 2014. It is anticipated that, at the peak of construction, the project will employ 250 tradesmen on site and add 230 permanent jobs.

Safety goals will focus on maintaining lost-time injury and illnesses at a rate 25 percent below the national industry average; increasing the number of workers, employers and supervisors who have completed relevant safety training; and increasing awareness of ladder hazards and limiting the kind of work being performed from ladders. Additionally, the partnership participa