Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
October 9, 2013 – DTE Energy Company, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, and the Partnering Contractors, signed a formal partnership on Monday, October 7, 2013 to protect workers during construction activities. The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuries for workers on this facility project.
“We’re honored today to recognize the exemplary leadership of DTE Energy and their commitment to worker safety and health on this project for DTE and Barton Malow,” 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."
The DTE North Area MATS Program includes the addition of Dry Sorbent Injection (DSI) Systems and Activated Carbon Injection (ACI) Systems at Belle River Units 1 and 2; St. Clair Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7. The program may also include the addition of a central sorbent storage Depot-Terminal that will serve as the central receiving location for both power plants. Modifications to the grounds and infrastructure are anticipated along with heavy construction in connection with additions to the current operating Power Plants in East China Township, Michigan.
Signing partners included: Russel Pogats, Director, DTE Energy North Area Power Plants; Justin Morren, Plant Manager, Belle River Power Plant; Leanne Warner, Plant Manager, St. Clair Power Plant; Daniel Fahrer, Director of Environmental, Fossil and Facilities, MEP; Stephen Booker, Manager Capital Projects, MEP; Dennis Decator, Senior Project Manager, MEP; Alan Albert, Construction Manager, Barton Malow; Steven Freed, Project Director Barton Malow; Chuck Binkowski, Industrial Group Vice President, Barton Malow; 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: DTE Energy Company and Barton Malow Company
The active integration of the DTE Energy Safety and Health Program along with this partnership with the trade unions, 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:
“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.
DTE Energy Co. is a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. (www.DTEEnergy.com)