U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Demolition of Federal Complex in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Brandenburg Industrial Service Company have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the demolition of the former Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City.

The partnership will identify common construction hazards such as falls, struck-by, caught-in, and electrocution; and encourage worker participation in employer safety and health programs. The partners will also educate employees and employers on best practices to improve safety and health.

“Our partners share a common goal to provide a safe environment for workers during this project,” said Karena Lorek, OSHA Kansas City Area Office Director. “The participants recognize that a comprehensive safety and health program can have a positive impact on employee safety in a high-hazard work environment.”

Supporting the partnership are Bannister Transformation and Development; CenterPoint; the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 101; Kissick Construction Co.; Laborers International Union of North America, Local 264; Olsson Associates; S.S. Papadopulos and Associates; and Superior Bowen.

Through its Strategic Partnership Program, OSHA works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/.

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