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Dec. 16, 2011

McGough receives award for safety and health excellence at St. Cloud Hospital construction project

Workplace safety and health representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will recognize McGough Construction as a Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) Construction worksite. The recognition event will be at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 19, at the St. Cloud Hospital construction site in St. Cloud, Minn.

"We congratulate McGough for its outstanding safety and health performance to reach this milestone," said Commissioner Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. "From the project's beginning, our combined goal has been worker safety and we are pleased to reward McGough for its efforts to bring workers home safely each day."

MNSHARP Construction is a Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) program that recognizes major-construction companies where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses. Only construction projects at least 18 months in duration are eligible for participation in MNSHARP Construction.

The St. Cloud Hospital site is one of three current certified MNSHARP Construction worksites in Minnesota.

Since November 2007, McGough has partnered with CentraCare Health System, to expand and renovate the St. Cloud Hospital. Since then, the multi-phase project accumulated almost one million hours with no lost-time incidents for the more than 1,000 workers who have been on site.

MNOSHA consultants conducted 30 site visits to assist McGough in creating a comprehensive safety and health program that includes management leadership and employee involvement, an allocation of resources to address safety issues, systems that identify and control workplace hazards, and a plan for employee safety training and education.

"This recognition is the direct result of a comprehensive commitment to safety," said Tim McGough, executive vice president, McGough Construction. "St. Cloud Hospital has, from our very first meeting, been unwavering in their requirement that safety be the highest priority. We are proud of our partnership with the hospital and wish to thank everyone at CentraCare, all workers involved in the project and everyone at Minnesota OSHA for their intense commitment to a safe workplace."

McGough Companies is a planning, development, construction and facilities management company.

DLI representatives will commemorate the company's employee-employer partnership by presenting a MNSHARP flag and a certificate that exempts the worksite from MNOSHA Compliance scheduled inspections for one year. The expected completion date of the St. Cloud Hospital project is July 2013. For more information, visit www.dli.mn.gov/WSC/MNSharpConstruction.asp.

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