Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
December 10, 2014 – Clark Construction Company, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and partnering contractors signed a formal partnership today with the goal of enhanced safety and health protection, and zero worker injuries during the construction of a new Central Michigan University (CMU) Biosciences Research Center. “Clark Construction Company has made it clear that it is dedicated to providing the highest level of protection to its workers on this major project for CMU,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “MIOSHA is proud to partner with a company that so strongly exemplifies the importance of having an effective safety and health management system.”
Spanning nearly 170,000 square feet, the new four-story research center will replace four existing structures housed to the east of the University’s College of Education and Human Services to provide classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories for faculty, students and support staff.
Some of the building’s special research facilities will include:
The project began June 1, 2014 and is expected to be completed September 2, 2016. Signing partners included MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder, Clark Construction Company President Sam Clark, and subcontractors working on the project.
Partnerships are an important emphasis in the MIOSHA Strategic Plan to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships; they move away from traditional enforcement methods and embrace collaborative agreements.
The safety and health of the CMU Biosciences Research Center project’s employees, visitors, faculty and students is fundamental to this partnership with MIOSHA. The leadership of Clark Construction, partnering contractors, CMU, LARA and MIOSHA are aligned and committed to achieving the objective of worker protection by providing a workplace with an effective safety management system that is hazard-free. “We are proud of having one of the best safety records of any company in the industry over the past decade,” said Charles Clark, CEO of Clark Construction. “This partnership with MIOSHA will allow us to provide additional training and safety instruction to the subcontractors and their employees working with us on the CMU Biosciences project.” All partners agree to commit their leadership, time and resources to achieve this valuable goal.
Partnering employers include:
Recognizing that engineering techniques alone are not enough to safeguard against workplace hazards, the partnering contractors will implement common safety goals to assure safety through the following elements:
“The MIOSHA program is committed to partnering with employers to continually improve Michigan’s workplace safety and health,” said Martha Yoder. “Through these important partnerships, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to help eliminate serious hazards and achieve significant safety and health management goals.”
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.
Clark Construction Company is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan. Clark is a full-scale commercial construction company that provides construction management, design/build, and program management services. To learn more about Clark Construction, visit http://www.clarkcc.com/.