Walbridge|dck, Building Trades, Contractors and MIOSHA Sign Partnership to Protect Workers on Wayne County Consolidated Jail Facility Project

June 27, 2012 - Walbridge|dck Joint Venture (JV), the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, and the Partnering Contractors signed a formal partnership today to protect workers at the Wayne County Consolidated Jail Facility Project.  The MIOSHA program is part of LARA.

The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuries for workers on this major facility project.


"We're honored today to recognize the exemplary leadership of Walbridge|dck JV and their commitment to worker safety and health on this significant project in Detroit," said LARA Deputy Director Rob Nederhood.  "Your joint commitment sends a strong message that providing a safe and healthy work environment is a sound business decision."


Walbridge and their joint-venture partner dck are providing construction management-at-risk services for construction of the new Wayne County Consolidated Jail Facility Project in Detroit.  The 2,192-bed jail facility will consolidate two of the county's existing detention centers and provide state-of-the-art technology to support best practices for prisoner movement, screening, medical treatment and video visitation.  One of Wayne County's largest undertakings in a number of years, this facility will provide the county with a cost savings while creating an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 jobs.  The facility is expected to become fully operational in July 2014.


Signing partners included:  Don Greenwell, Jr., Project Executive, Bill Lorelli, Senior Project Manager, Mark LaClair, Asst. Vice President Health, Safety, & Environmental, and Mike Palazzola, Senior Corporate Safety Manager, Walbridge; David Burton, Project Executive, dck; Zane Walker, President, and Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council; Rob Nederhood, Deputy Director, LARA; and Martha Yoder, Director, MIOSHA.  Also signing were all of the subcontractors and building trades unions working 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, Michigan 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; Boilermakers Local 169; Bricklayers Local 1; Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters; Cement Masons Local 514; Electrical Workers Local 58; Elevator Constructors Local 36; Glaziers Local 357; Ironworkers Local 25; Laborers Locals 1076 and 1191; Operating Engineers Local 324; Painters D.C.; Pipefitters Locals 636 and 671; Plasterers Local 67; Plumbers Local 98; Roofers Local 149; Sheet Metal Locals 80 and 292; Sprinkler Fitters Local 704; and Teamsters Local 247.


The Partnering Employers include:  Walbridge|dck JV; Amalio Corporation; Blaze Contracting; Colasanti Construction Services; Davis Iron Works; Edgewood/Shaw Electric JV; International Precast Solutions; KONE Inc.; Limbach Company; Oldcastle Precast; Shambaugh & Son; Sierra Detention Solutions.  (Additional Subcontractors will be added as they are issued a contract for work.)


The "Project Specific Health and Safety Program" has been established for the Wayne County Consolidated Jail Facility Project to raise awareness and promote safety for all personnel employed in the construction project.  Walbridge|dck JV, 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 safety goals to assure safety through these elements:


  • Adherence to ALL Safety Program policies, procedures, MIOSHA standards, and CCIP Requirements.
  • Contractor/Subcontractor shall provide a Safety Representative who is trained and experienced to identify hazardous conditions and has the authority and knowledge to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate the hazards.
  • 100 percent Substance Abuse Testing - Adherence by ALL Project Contractors.
  • Pre-Task Analysis (PTA) to be completed and submitted to Walbridge|dck JV prior to beginning work on the project.
  • Subcontractors/Contractors shall conduct three daily safety huddles (pre, mid, and post) with their employees.
  • Walbridge|dck JV and the Contractor/Subcontractor employers on this project will uniformly enforce a disciplinary action plan for employees who fail to work in a safe manner.  Automatic dismissal from this project shall result from any willful or deliberate violation of safety rules or safety policies and procedures.
  • All Crane Operators will be Certified Crane Operators (CCO) as recognized by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and other recognized certification agencies as identified by Walbridge|dck JV Crane Action Plan.
  • 100 percent fall protection over 6 feet, including steel erection, decking, roofing, scaffolding, and ladders.
  • 100 percent personal protective equipment (PPE) including hard hats, eye protection, appropriate work footwear, and shirt sleeves with a 4" minimum length.
  • Enhanced visibility awareness program (safety vests, safety colored shirts, high visibility hardhat covers) will be in effect for this project.
  • Participation in the Stop, Look and Listen Program (safety observations).


"The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health," said Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Director.  "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.


Walbridge (www.walbridge.com) is a privately held, top-50 construction company founded in Detroit in 1916.  It offers construction management, design-build, engineering management, general contracting, pre-construction and turnkey solution services.  Walbridge employs 1,000 professionals in offices located in North America, South America and the Middle East. 


dck worldwide (www.dckww.com) is a global construction company specializing in developing, managing, and building highly complex projects in several core markets, including federal/military, high-end resorts, and corrections.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company operates in North America, Guam, the Pacific Rim, Caribbean, and Middle East.



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