Hospital Construction Company Gets High Marks for Safety
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2009) - Turner Construction Company, responsible for constructing the new University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, was recognized today for earning the industry's highest safety standard in the nation.
Representatives from Turner, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and UK HealthCare participated in a flag raising ceremony in recognition of Turner achieving the Voluntary Protection Partnership for Construction Star Status from the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
A VPPC Star flag signifies that Turner is an industry example of a construction company whose efforts in safety have set them apart from others, and whose example should be followed.
The VPPC Star flag will fly on the construction site of the new hospital, which will open in phases, starting with the Emergency Department in 2010.
"Health and safety standards are paramount in both health care and construction industries," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "UK HealthCare is proud to work with a construction company whose safety priorities are so highly recognized."
The Voluntary Protection Partnership for Construction provides recognition to qualified employers and removes these recognized employers from programmed inspection lists. The purpose of the VPPC is to emphasize the importance of, encourage the improvement of, and recognize excellence in employer-provided, employee-participative occupational safety and health programs.
"We take pride in having a team recognized for vigorous safety standards working to build this hospital, where generations of Kentucky patients will receive highly skilled care," said Murray Clark, associate vice president for medical center operations.