The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has entered into a strategic partnership with CDI Contractors of Little Rock, Arkansas, to ensure the safety of its workers during the construction of an outlet mall in that city. The project is scheduled to run until next summer, when the mall will open to the public.
CDI is one of several contractors involved in the mall's construction, and will work with OSHA to reduce the threat of injury by promoting safety programs among all the contractors and subcontractors that are working on the project.
"The strategic partnership between CDI and OSHA affirms a shared commitment toward providing a safe work environment during the project's construction," said OSHA's Little Rock area director, Carlos Reynolds, in a statement. "This agreement will help to ensure that goal is accomplished."
OSHA also announced it has renewed an existing partnership with The Samuels Group, a construction company that operates in Iowa and Wisconsin. The Samuels Group is beginning the second phase of a project to replace a nine-story curtain wall at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The partnership was originally signed in April 2012 to create site-specific safety programs and implement best safety practices to ensure compliance with OSHA regulations.
"We want to help Sacred Heart identify and control hazards, while continuing to improve safety and health programs at the site and encouraging employee participation," said area director Mark Hysell.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program includes private companies, trade unions, universities and government agencies. Its aim is to increase awareness of workplace hazards and promote education on how to identify and prevent dangerous situations.