OSHA Partners With Contractor, Agencies on Tazewell County Project

July 23, 2013

OSHA has partnered with Fred Weber Inc., the Illinois Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program and other state and local agencies on the Interstate 74 and Interstate 55 reconstruction project in Tazewell County, Ill.

The project includes the demolition of six bridges and two tunnels, the replacement of several miles of pavement, rebuilding ramps and structures and installing lighting. Estimated completion of the project is August 2015.

Safety goals will focus on implementing innovative strategies to eliminate serious accidents, including the four primary construction hazards of falls, struck-by, caught in and electrical. Additionally, Fred Weber Inc. and subcontractors will emphasize training, awareness and safety procedures involving backing up hazards with heavy equipment.

"This voluntary strategic partnership is focused on creating a working relationship to control or eliminate serious workplace construction hazards and establish a foundation for the development of an effective safety and health program," said Tom Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria. "It aims to meet these goals through increased training, implementation of best work practices and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations."