News release from the Indiana Department of Labor:
State partners with Fort Wayne companies for safety and health
(September 29, 2014) – The Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) today announced a strategic safety and health partnership with Weigand Construction Co. Inc., the City of Fort Wayne and Ash Brokerage in Fort Wayne, Ind. Weigand Construction Co. Inc. is contracted to build the Ash Skyline Plaza, which will house the Ash Brokerage corporate offices, and the Skyline Garage in Fort Wayne.
“By entering into a workplace safety and health partnership, Weigand Construction Co. Inc., the City of Fort Wayne and Ash Brokerage have demonstrated safety is a cornerstone of their daily practices,” said IDOL Commissioner Rick J. Ruble. “Working together will best ensure workers return home safely and that is our top priority.”
The IDOL’s partnership program embraces collaborative agreements to address critical safety and health issues and ensure safety is a priority from the beginning of a project through its conclusion. The partnership focuses on identifying and correcting workplace safety and health hazards to reduce and eliminate worker injuries and illnesses. As part of the agreement, the Skyline project must maintain a worker injury and illness rate lower than Indiana’s industry average.
“This partnership between IDOL, City of Fort Wayne, Ash Brokerage and Weigand Construction is a relationship building opportunity; not only for the companies involved but also for the community at-large,” said Greg Musi, Weigand Construction Safety Director. “It is an agreement and a unified concept that incorporates all the fundamentals of a successful construction project: worker safety.”
Weigand Construction Co. Inc. must also require fall protection for workers performing activities six or more feet above ground level.
“Falls are a leading cause of serious injury and death in construction,” said Ruble. “These incidents can be eliminated when trained workers use the appropriate safety equipment.”
The partnership agreement will remain in effect until the project is completed in 2016.
For more information about the partnership, visit www.in.gov/dol/2387.htm.