Clark Construction and MIOSHA Sign Partnership to Protect Workers During CMU Biosciences Research Center Project

Contact: Tanya Baker 517-373-9280
Agency: 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:

  • Herbarium with special collections
  • Molecular biology core
  • Vivarium to replicate aquatic conditions for research
  • Isotope laboratory
  • Imaging center for scanning and transmission electron microscopes

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:

  • Christman Constructors
  • Douglas Steel
  • Feyen Zylstra
  • John E. Green
  • Madison Heights Glass
  • Spence Brothers
  • Stonecreek Interior Systems, LLC
  • Total Fire Protection
  • Tri-City Acoustical
  • Turner-Brooks, Inc.

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:

  • Adherence to all safety policies, procedures, and MIOSHA standards.
  • One hundred percent Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hard hats, protective safety glasses, high visibility vest, appropriate work footwear, and appropriate gloves when needed.
  • One hundred percent fall protection over six feet.
  • Each tradesperson, prior to beginning work on this project site, will be provided with and shall read and sign Clark’s safety guide and wear an identifying hard hat sticker that signifies that they have done so.
  • 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. 
  • Pre-Task Analysis (PTA’s) will be completed and submitted to Clark Construction.
  • Contractors shall identify competent and/or qualified persons for work operations as identified by MIOSHA standards.
  • Clark 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.
  • An operator laminated photo and license will be attached to all lift equipment.
  • Clark will conduct monthly safety luncheons.
  • Boot cleaners will be constructed and placed at base of all strait ladders based at ground level.
  • Clark will utilize the Michigan chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) safety training on site as often as possible to provide training during different phases of project.

“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/.

For more information about MIOSHA, please visit http://www.michigan.gov/miosha
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