O'Brien Construction Company, Partnering Subcontractors and MIOSHA Sign Partnership to Protect Workers during Construction of the Lincoln Park Lofts Project

Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280

July 9, 2013 - O'Brien Construction Company Inc., the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), and the Partnering Employers signed a formal partnership today to protect workers during the construction and major renovation of commercial space and residential apartments in Lincoln Park. The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuries for workers on this project.


"We're honored today to recognize the exemplary leadership of O'Brien Construction Company and their commitment to worker safety and health on this significant project in Lincoln Park," said LARA Deputy Director Stephanie Comai.  "Their commitment sends a strong message that providing a safe and healthy work environment is a sound business decision."


This is a new construction project of a 3-story building and a major renovation project of a 2-story building located in Lincoln Park, Michigan. The existing building was a theatre that has been abandoned for the past few years. It will be renovated into commercial space along with residential apartment units. The new building will consist of parking on the first level and residential apartment units on the 2nd and 3rd levels.


Signing partners included: Timothy O'Brien, President, O'Brien Construction Company, and Martha Yoder, Director, MIOSHA.  Also signing were all of the subcontractors 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. 


The Partnering Employers include: Environmental Maintenance Engineers Inc., Superior Excavating Inc., Jermor Plumbing & Heating Inc., Daniel Electric Company, Testing Engineers & Consultants Inc., Kerkstra Precast Inc., Fort Wayne Contracting Inc., Poured Brick Walls Inc., Golich Building Supply Inc., NA Mans & Sons Inc.,/ Cowhy Hayes, Exclusive Heating & Cooling Company, VFP Fire Systems, and Dixon Inc.


The active integration of the O'Brien Construction Safety and Health Program along with this partnership with the subcontractors and MIOSHA will endorse the ultimate goal of ZERO INJURIES.


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 Policies, procedures, and MIOSHA standards.
  • 100% Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hard hats, protective safety glasses high visibility vest, and appropriate work footwear. 
  • Mandatory attendance to a project safety orientation. This includes project orientation, and a project safety video.  
  • All crane operators will be Certified Crane Operators (CCO) as recognized by National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and other recognized certification agencies. 
  • Subcontractor mandatory pre-work substance abuse testing.
  • Subcontractor mandatory post-accident substance abuse testing.
  • Pre-Task Analysis (PTA's) are to be completed and submitted to O'Brien Construction prior to each shift and prior to the beginning of critical work.
  • Contractors shall provide a Competent and/or Qualified Person for work operations as identified by a MIOSHA standard and/or O'Brien Construction.
  • O'Brien Construction and the partnering subcontractors 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.

"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.


O'Brien Construction Company believes that no job or no task is more important that worker health and safety. If a job represents a potential safety or health threat, every effort will be made to plan a safe way to do the task. We uphold a strict policy that every procedure must be a safe procedure, and shortcuts in safety procedures by either supervisor or workers are not tolerated. If a worker observes any unprotected job, which may pose a potential threat to their health or safety, he or she must inform management and management must take adequate precautions.


O'Brien Construction is very proud of their long standing gold standard of safety and is committed to achieving a zero-incident record on every project they do. In order to ensure safe jobsites, O'Brien Construction employs the services of an Associated General Contractor (AGC) Safety Director who conducts quarterly project safety reviews. Safety walk-throughs are conducted on every jobsite followed by a luncheon where the AGC Safety Director discusses industry standards and recent issues in the safety field. (www.obriencc.com)


O'Brien Construction Company 


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