Skanska Closner and MIOSHA Partner to Protect Workers During Construction of New Marquette Hospital

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December 15, 2016 – Skanska Closner and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) today signed a formal partnership with the goal of zero worker injuries, accidents and near misses during the construction of the new hospital and medical office building in Marquette.

The new facility will replace UP Health System – Marquette with a 265-bed, 542,817 square-foot building equipped with diagnostic, therapeutic, patient care, administrative support and operational support services, as well as a central power plant and mechanical, electrical and telecommunications areas. The project will also include a more than 97,000-square-foot adjoining medical office building and parking structure. Construction began in June 2016 and is expected to be completed in October 2018.

“Partnering with the employer community is fundamental to preventing workplace hazards, which is why MIOSHA is pleased to form its first cooperative relationship with Skanska Closner on this exciting project,” said MIOSHA Construction Safety and Health Division Director Lawrence Hidalgo. “Together, we can better protect the health and safety of Michigan workers.”  

Signing partners included Hidalgo; Gary Cooper, Skanska Closner senior vice president of operations; Tim Roman, U.P. Building and Construction Trades Council president and partnering subcontractors.

The partnership outlines a clear safety objective and provides analytics to help all parties improve their safety awareness with the ultimate goal of zero recordable injuries and ensuring everyone returns home in the same condition they came to work in. 

The safety of the construction project’s employees is fundamental to this partnership with MIOSHA. The leadership of Skanska Closner, partnering contractors 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. All partners agree to commit their leadership, time and resources to achieve this valuable goal.

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.

Skanska Closner is a joint venture partnership between Skanska USA, one of the largest construction and development companies in the nation, and Closner Construction, a Marquette-based contractor. For more information on Skanska, visit

For more information about MIOSHA, please visit the MIOSHA website.

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