Black & Veatch Construction has established a strategic partnership with OSHA to reduce workers’ exposure to hazards and the likelihood of serious injuries at the Columbia Energy Center Air Quality Control Systems Project site in Pardeeville, Wis. The Wisconsin On-Site Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program, which is operated by the state but funded by federal OSHA, also is participating in the partnership.
The partnership’s goals include increasing the number of safety and health programs and best practices implemented among subcontractors, increasing the number of workers who have completed relevant safety training and maintaining participant data for self-evaluation of the partnership’s overall success.
Black & Veatch will implement a site-specific safety and health program. Other major contractors involved in the project site may choose to participate in this partnership, but the agreement is not contingent upon their participation. Approximately 600 workers are anticipated to be on-site at the peak of the project.
“This voluntary strategic partnership is focused on identifying and controlling hazards, improving safety and health programs, and encouraging employee participation in achieving a safe and healthful workplace,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s area director in Madison. “These goals can be met through increased training, implementation of best work practices, and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations.”
Overland Park, Kan.-headquartered Black & Veatch Construction is tasked with engineering and constructing air quality control system retrofits to the existing coal-fired units at the Columbia Energy Center.