O'Brien Construction Signs Partnership to Protect Workers

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TROY — O’Brien Construction Co., the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Partnering Employers signed a formal partnership this week to protect workers during the construction and major renovation of commercial space and residential apartments in Lincoln Park. The signing marks the first multi-family project on which MIOSHA has partnered with a general contractor for safety.

“We’re honored to recognize the exemplary leadership of O’Brien Construction Company and their commitment to worker safety and health on this significant project in Lincoln Park,” 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.”

O’Brien Construction is has a history making safety a priority and is committed to achieving a zero-incident record on every project. In order to ensure safe jobsites, the company employs a full-time safety director as well an associated general contractor safety director who conducts quarterly project safety reviews. Safety walk-throughs are routinely conducted on every jobsite followed by a luncheon where the AGC Safety Director discusses industry standards and recent issues in the safety field.

“We believe that no job or no task is more important that worker health and safety,” said Tim O’Brien, president. “We uphold a strict policy that every procedure must be a safe procedure, and shortcuts in safety procedures by either supervisor or workers are not tolerated. This new partnership allows us to take our safety program to a new level of action and awareness.”

Lincoln Park Lofts is an $8 million construction project of a three-story building and a major renovation project of a two-story building located in Lincoln Park. The existing building, formerly the Lincoln Park Theatre, has been vacant. It will be renovated into commercial space along with residential apartment units. The new building will consist of parking on the first level and residential apartment units on the second and third levels.

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