Deputy Secretary for Kentucky Labor Cabinet visited WKU to sign agreement

Published: Mar. 30, 2017 at 6:50 PM CDT
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Western Kentucky University has been no stranger to construction throughout Dr. Gary Ransdell's tenure as President, and Thursday the university's president signed a Construction Partnership Program with Kentucky's Labor Cabinet.

The partnership is an agreement. to use construction companies that meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, guidelines on the construction of Hilltopper Hall, WKU's newest dorm.

Michael Nemes, Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, says most people fear OSHA because of their association with fines, but he says their goal is to be pro-active in getting people to do what's right up front.

"We're partners with them to make sure that the employees and the contractors do the job safely and everyone gets to go home safe," Nemes said.

He also said OSHA will inspect the work site at least once a quarter and possibly once a month to make sure construction of Hilltopper Hall meets safety standards.