MIOSHA Forms Partnership to Protect Workers on U of M Project with Granger Construction Company and Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council

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June 9, 2016 – In an effort to protect workers, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), Granger Construction Company, the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, and other employers have formed a partnership with the goal of zero worker injuries, accidents and near misses during the construction of the University of Michigan (U of M) - Stephen M. Ross Athletics South Competition & Performance Project. MIOSHA is part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The U of M project located at 2500 South State Street in Ann Arbor is a major expansion of the South Athletics campus. It includes the construction of three major and five minor new buildings, the development of three new outdoor performance field facilities, and significant infrastructure supporting elements for the new 18-acre South Campus addition.

“These types of partnerships are very valuable because they are effective at protecting workers,” said MIOSHA Acting Director Bart Pickelman. “The injury and illness rates on partnership projects are lower than non-partnership sites, which means more workers MIOSHA Forms Partnership to Protect Workers on U of M Projectreturn home at the end of the work day without being hurt on the job.”

Signing partners included Pickelman, Granger Construction Vice President Jerald Brand, representatives of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, and more than 40 subcontractors.

“Granger Construction Company values our employees and those of our trade contractors as our most important asset,” said Brand. “Personal safety for workers on site and all who travel near our sites is essential and integral to our operation and our success on each and every project. Our partnership with MIOSHA emphasizes our team commitment to continuous improvement in safety at every level.”

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 leadership of MIOSHA and its partners are aligned and committed to achieving the objective of worker protection by providing a workplace with an effective site-specific safety and health management system.

Key elements of the site-specific safety and health management system include:

  • Adherence to all safety policies, procedures, and MIOSHA standards.

  • 100% conventional fall protection.

  • 100% Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hard hats, eye protection, high visibility clothing, appropriate footwear, and other PPE as appropriate.

  • Mandatory attendance to a project safety orientation. This includes project orientation, a project-specific safety video and verifications of appropriate training.

  • All crane operators will be Certified Crane Operators (CCO) as recognized by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or other recognized certification agencies.

  • Job Hazard Analysis (JHAs) are to be completed and submitted to Granger Construction Company prior to work taking place.

  • Weekly Granger safety manager inspections and bi-weekly trade contractor safety inspections of the entire project.

“These partnerships offer employers an opportunity to enter into a cooperative relationship with MIOSHA to help eliminate serious hazards and reach safety and health management goals,” added Pickelman. “MIOSHA is proud to participate in partnerships with anyone who is dedicated to the health and safety of workers.”

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.

Granger Construction Company has been delivering buildings since 1959. Specializing in a wide array of delivery methods including design-build, integrated project delivery, construction management and general contracting. They offer safety and quality programs in addition to estimating, scheduling, logistical planning, procurement, and commissioning services.

For more information about the Granger Construction Company, please visit http://www.grangerconstruction.com.

For more information about the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, visit their website http://www.michiganbuildingtrades.org.

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

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