Labor and Economic Opportunity
November 4, 2010 - Barton Malow Company, the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), and the Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council, signed a formal partnership on Nov. 3rd to protect workers at the Stoney Corners Wind Farm project in McBain, near Cadillac. The MIOSHA program is a DELEG agency.
Barton Malow Company is working with Heritage Sustainable Energy, a leading Michigan-based wind power company, to build the Stoney Corners Wind Farm. Since starting the project in 2007, there have been no lost time injuries. To continue this record, Barton Malow, Heritage Sustainable Energy and the local trades signed a formal partnership with MIOSHA. The Stoney Corners Wind Farm is the first wind project to be completed under the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
"We are proud to recognize Barton Malow's commitment to send every construction worker home healthy and whole, every day. Their record of zero injuries to date is exemplary," said DELEG Acting Director Andrew S. Levin. "And we're also proud of this outstanding sustainable green energy project which can help lead us to energy independence. This project is good for Michigan - and it's good for Michigan's workers."
Barton Malow has finished several phases at the Stoney Corners Wind Farm. They have performed all site work, civil, excavation, formwork, placement and finishing of concrete, erect and setting of base units, towers, nacelles and hub assemblies. Turbines totaling 39.2 MW (megawatts) have been put into place including: two Fuhrlander, 2.5 MW Turbines on 100 Meter Towers; seven Repower 2 MW Turbines on 80 Meter Towers; nine Repower 2 MW Turbines on 100 Meter Towers; and a first prototype Northern Power 2.2 MW Turbine.
Signing partners will include: Ryan Maibach, Vice President, John Wozniak, Project Director, Mark Klimbal, Corporate Safety Director, Scott Wagner, Safety Director, Barton Malow; Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council; Andy Levin, Acting Director, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth; and Doug Kalinowski, Director, MIOSHA. Also signing will be the subcontractors and building trades unions working on the project.
"We are proud and grateful to be a part of the Stoney Corners Wind Farm project," said Ryan Maibach, Vice President of the Barton Malow Company Industrial Group, "communicating our partnership is the best way to demonstrate our commitment to work safely and protect everyone involved."
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.
"These kinds of partnerships are becoming increasingly common in Michigan, and we couldn't be happier about it," said Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council. "There is no better way that we can improve the on-the-job health of the state's construction workers than making these kinds of sustained commitments to safety."
The Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council and its affiliate unions are supportive of this partnership. The partnering unions include: Operating Engineers Local 324, Ironworkers Local 25, Ironworkers Local 340, Laborers Local 1191, Laborers Local 1076, and Carpenters Local 687.
The Partnering Employers include: Barton Malow Company, Heritage Sustainable Energy, Windemuller Electric, and RE Power. (Other Partnering Employers may be added as they appear on the project.)
The Supporting Partners include: M.U.S.T., Management & Union Serving Together; Zurich Insurance NA; Marsh USA, Inc.; and Allied Insurance Brokers, Inc.
The "Stoney Wind Farms Partnership Agreement" has been established to raise awareness and promote safety for all personnel employed in the construction project. Barton Malow Company, the partnering trade unions and subcontractors endorse the ultimate goal of ZERO INJURIES on this project.
Recognizing that engineering techniques alone are not enough to ensure that exposure to hazards are controlled, the partnering employers will implement common efforts to assure safety through the following key elements:
"The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health," said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski. "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.
Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design-build, program management, general contracting, technology and rigging services throughout North America. The ISO (quality) certified company has LEED™ Accredited Professionals on staff and is an industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) leader. Niche market specialties include sports and special event, healthcare, educational, federal, industrial and energy facilities. Barton Malow has a staff of 1,400 employees in 13 offices in the United States and Mexico, including offices in Jacksonville, FL and Orlando, FL. Annual firm revenues exceed $1.2 billion. For additional information, visit www.bartonmalow.com .
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