Elzinga & Volkers Inc., Contractors and MIOSHA Sign Partnership to Protect Workers during Construction at the Spectrum Health ICC Beltline Project

Contact: Melanie Brown 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

June 27, 2013 - Elzinga & Volkers Inc., the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), and the Partnering Contractors signed a formal partnership today to protect workers during the construction of a new integrated care campus facility for Spectrum Health. The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuries for workers on this major facility project.

 

"We're honored today to recognize the exemplary leadership of Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. and their commitment to worker safety and health on this significant project for Spectrum Health," said LARA Deputy Director Stephanie Comai.  "Their commitment sends a strong message that providing a safe and healthy work environment is a sound business decision."

 

This project includes the construction of a new 120,000 square foot integrated care campus facility for Spectrum Health The Medical Group at 2750 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI.  This facility will provide the following services to the Grand Rapids community; Urgent Care, Women's Health, Primary Care, Neurosciences, Laboratory, Rehabilitation, and Imaging.  The building itself will be a conventional steel construction project with engineered metal stud walls and masonry, metal panels and glass storefronts.  The interior of the facility will be installed on an access floor system with stranded metal stud and drywall wall construction.

 

Signing partners included: Tony Roussey, Vice President of Operations, Elzinga & Volkers; and Martha Yoder, Director, MIOSHA.  Also signing were all of the subcontractors and building trades unions working on the project.

 

Partnerships are an important emphasis in MIOSHA's Strategic Plan to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups, including trade associations, labor organizations, and employers. Partnerships move away from traditional enforcement methods and embrace collaborative agreements. 

 

The Partnering Employers include:  Kent Companies, Builders Iron, High Point Electric, Dykema Excavators, Michigan Paving Materials, Otis Elevator, The Bouma Corporation, Vos Glass, Inc., Mikalan Roofing, Architectural Metals, Inc., TL Masonry, and Summit Landscaping. 

 

The active integration of the Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. Safety and Health Program along with this partnership with subcontractors and MIOSHA will endorse the ultimate goal of ZERO INJURIES.

 

Recognizing that engineering techniques alone are not enough to ensure that exposure to hazards is controlled; the partnering employers will implement common safety goals to assure safety through these elements:

 

  • Adherence to All Safety Policies, procedures, and MIOSHA standards.
  • 100% fall protection over 6 feet, including steel erection and roof work. 
  • 100% Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hard hats, eye protection - prescription eye wear with side shields or ANSI Z-87.1 protective safety glasses with built in side shields, and appropriate work footwear. 
  • Mandatory attendance to a project safety orientation. This includes project orientation, a project-specific safety video and passing a written test at the completion of session. 
  • All crane operators will be Certified Crane Operators (CCO) as recognized by National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and other recognized certification agencies. 
  • Mandatory pre-work substance abuse testing.
  • Mandatory post-accident substance abuse testing.
  • Pre-Task Analysis (PTA's) to be completed and submitted to Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. prior to each shift and prior to the beginning critical work.
  • Contractors shall provide a Competent and/or Qualified Person for work operations as identified by a MIOSHA standards and/or Elzinga & Volkers, Inc.
  • Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. and the partnering employers on this project will uniformly enforce a disciplinary action plan for employees who fail to work in a safe manner.  Automatic dismissal from this project shall result from any willful or deliberate violation of safety rules or safety policies and procedures.

 

"The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health," said Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Director.  "Through partnerships, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health."

 

The partnership does not preclude MIOSHA from enforcing its mission of addressing complaints, fatalities, or serious accidents, nor does it infringe on the rights of employees to report workplace hazards.

 

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals is a leading provider of construction management services, located in West Michigan and serving the entire U.S. since 1945. As a complete planning, pre-construction and construction firm, we are a single source for all your construction needs. Our years of experience and specialized market focus make us uniquely qualified to manage your next project.

 

 

 Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals

 

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