Friday, December 12, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A signing ceremony took place Thursday afternoon at the construction site of what will be the Gwinnett Braves' baseball stadium, making official an agreement between agencies and workers aimed at keeping construction workers safe.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is teaming up with Barton Malow Construction and the Georgia Tech On-site Consultative Service to ensure the safest work environment possible during construction of the facility.
"Primary goals of this agreement are to reduce injuries and illnesses, as well as eliminate fatalities during construction of this $45 million project," said G.T. Breezley, OSHA Atlanta-East area director.
Under the OSHA Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy work place for employees.
According to a news release, the focus will be on increasing the number of employers in the construction industry that have effective safety and health management systems and incident-prevention programs. The safe principles and practices will be shared with all employees, including contractors and sub-contractors, working on the site.
The release also said that 2007 was the safest year ever, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The 62-acre project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2009.