US Department of Labor and IEW Construction Group Partner to Promote Workplace Safety on Highway and Roadway Improvement Projects in New Jersey
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and IEW Construction Group have joined forces to protect workers employed by contractors and subcontractors on a large-scale highway and roadway improvement program administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The project involves structural steel and aluminum repairs in seven New Jersey counties, including Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, and Warren.
The partnership aims to enhance IEW’s overall safety and health management system, reinforce safety as a core value, and reduce work-related injuries and illnesses by providing a safe work environment. Additionally, the partnership seeks to promote work zone safety for employees in critical infrastructure projects.
OSHA’s Health and Safety partnerships are part of the US Department of Labor’s efforts to protect workers’ safety and health through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, and employers. Since 2001, OSHA has created more than 500 partnerships to foster safety and health in the workplace.
Founded in 1925, IEW Construction Group is well-known for its work on many state landmarks and public projects in New Jersey, including the New Jersey War Memorial, State House Annex, State Museum, and numerous bridge and roadway projects for the state Department of Transportation and NJ Transit.
According to OSHA Regional Administrator Richard Mendelson, “Public-private sector partnerships that focus on workplace safety and eliminating hazards during major construction repair projects are proven methods to protect workers. IEW Construction Group’s commitment to workplace safety will help every worker on the project to end their shifts safely.”
Overall, this partnership is a positive step towards promoting workplace safety and ensuring that workers are protected on critical infrastructure projects in New Jersey.