Barton Malow Company, Building Trades, Contractors and MIOSHA Sign Partnership to Protect Workers on University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital Replacement Project

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December 8, 2010 – Barton Malow Company, the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), and the Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council, signed a formal partnership on Dec. 3 to protect workers at the University of Michigan’s C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Replacement Project in Ann Arbor.

The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuries for workers on this major new facility project.  The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).

Barton Malow Company is currently constructing a fully functioning, stand alone C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Replacement including outpatient clinics and medical offices.  This hospital project has operating rooms, clinical and treatment rooms, medical offices and patient rooms.  The project consists of an 855,000 sq. ft. inpatient facility (12 levels) and a 245,000 sq. ft. outpatient facility with medical offices (9 levels).

“We are proud to recognize Barton Malow’s commitment to send every construction worker home healthy and whole, every day,” said DELEG Acting Director Andrew S. Levin.  “We’re also proud of this outstanding medical project on the campus of the University of Michigan.  This project is good for Michigan – and it’s good for Michigan’s workers.”

Signing partners included:  Ben Maibach III, CEO and Chairman, Donald Davis, Vice President, Todd Ketola, Vice President, and Mark Klimbal, Corporate Safety Director, Barton Malow; Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council; Andrew S. Levin, Acting Director, DELEG; and Doug Kalinowski, Director, MIOSHA.  Also signing will be all of the subcontractors and building trades unions working on the project.

“We are glad to be part of the MIOSHA partnership at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Replacement Project,” said Ben Maibach III, CEO and Chairman of Barton Malow Company. “Working cooperatively with our fellow project team members, I am confident our team will achieve better results through our commitment to working safely and protecting each other on the project.”

Partnerships are an important emphasis in MIOSHA’s Strategic Plan to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups, including trade associations, labor organizations, and employers.  Partnerships move away from traditional enforcement methods and embrace collaborative agreements.

"These kinds of partnerships are becoming increasingly common in Michigan, and we couldn't be happier about it," said Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council. "There is no better way that we can improve the on-the-job health of the state's construction workers than making these kinds of sustained commitments to safety."

The Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council and its affiliate unions are supportive of this partnership.  The partnering unions include:  Asbestos Workers Local 25, Operating Engineers Local 324, Bricklayers Local 1, Painters D.C. No. 22, Boilermakers Local 169, Pipefitters Local 636, Cement Masons Local 514, Plaster Local 67, I.B.E.W. Local 58, Plumbers Local 98, 190, Ironworkers Local 25, Roofers Local 149, Laborers Local 1076, 499, Sheet Metal Local 80, Laborers Local 1191, Sprinkler Fitters Local 704, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, Teamsters Local 247, Glaziers and Glassworkers Local 357, Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Local 32, Elevator Constructors Local 36, Sign, Pictorial & Display Workers Local 591, Sheet Metal Local, and I.B.E.W. Local 252.

The Partnering Employers include:  Acoustical Ceiling and Partition, Alliance, LLC, Artisan, Brinker Team, LLC, Brunt Associates, Center Line Electric, Continental Interiors, Dee Cramer, Denn-Co, Empire Tile, John E. Green, Limbach Company, Madias Brothers, Michielutti Brothers, Motor City Electric, Otis Elevator, Pontiac Ceiling & Partition, RAM Construction Services, Shaw Electric, Siemens, Simplex Grinnell, Site Development, Inc., Spence Brothers, Turner Electric, Ventcon, and Wolverine Fire Protection.  The University of Michigan is a Supporting Partner.

The “Mott Hospital Partnership Agreement” has been established to raise awareness and promote safety for all personnel employed in the construction project.  Barton Malow Company, the partnering trade unions and subcontractors endorse the ultimate goal of ZERO INJURIES on this project.

Recognizing that engineering techniques alone are not enough to ensure that exposure to hazards is controlled; the partnering employers will implement common efforts to assure safety through these elements:

  • Adherence to all safety policies, procedures, and MIOSHA standards.
  • 100 percent fall protection over 6 feet, including steel erection and roof work.
  • 100 percent eye protection.
  • All Crane Operators will be Certified Crane Operators (CCO) as recognized by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
  • Substance abuse testing through a corporate program, M.U.S.T., or equivalent program – adherence by all trade contractors.
  • Pre-Task Safety Plans (PSPs) are to be completed and submitted to Barton Malow Company prior to beginning the work defined.
  • PSPs must be posted at the work area and reviewed with workers prior to beginning work.
  • A Competent and/or Qualified Person will be provided for each work operation as identified by MIOSHA standards.
  • Barton Malow Company and the partnering employers on this project will uniformly enforce a disciplinary action plan for employees who fail to work in a safe manner.
  • Barton Malow will conduct a jobsite safety orientation for all employees working on the project.

“The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski.  “Through partnerships, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health.”

The partnership does not preclude MIOSHA from enforcing its mission of addressing complaints, fatalities, or serious accidents, nor does it infringe on the rights of employees to report workplace hazards.

Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design-build, program management, general contracting, technology and rigging services throughout North America.  The ISO (quality) certified company has LEED™ Accredited Professionals on staff and is an industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) leader.  Niche market specialties include sports and special event, healthcare, educational, federal, industrial and energy facilities.  Barton Malow has a staff of 1,400 employees in 13 offices in the United States and Mexico, including offices in Jacksonville, FL and Orlando, FL. Annual firm revenues exceed $1.2 billion.  For additional information, visit www.bartonmalow.com.