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USF SafetyFlorida and OSHA Sign Partnership Agreement with Haskell

The strategic partnership between The Haskell Company, USF SafetyFlorida, and the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the University of North Florida Student Housing Project seeks to increase employee safety and health training and employers with effective safety and health programs. The primary goal of this agreement is the effective reduction of serious injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.

This partnership agreement will cover Haskell’s construction of the University of North Florida (UNF) Student Housing Project. The UNF Student Housing Project consists of four residential towers which will have 1,000 beds. The residences will be constructed using full height tilt-up concrete panels, with hollow core and D-beams. The project is scheduled to begin in November 2007 and conclude June 2009. The average daily employment at the site will be about 500 employees with as many as 30 different contractors on site daily.

Founded over forty years ago, the Haskell Company is based in Jacksonville and ranks among the foremost design-build organizations in the United States, serving clients throughout the Western Hemisphere. Haskell provides complete planning, architectural, engineering, construction, program management, real estate, and financing and facility management services on a single-responsibility basis. The company’s expertise spans industrial, commercial, institutional, public and civil infrastructure projects. The Haskell Company has annual revenues in excess of $700 million with offices in the United States and Mexico.

The partnership includes the Haskell Company; the USF Safety Florida Consultation Program; and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Jacksonville Area Office. Following guidelines under the 21 (d) OSHA Grant, the USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program will verify that the agreement requirements are being met, and agreement goals are being attained by reviewing evidence of regular and effective internal safety audits, accident investigations and injury/illness data.