The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has signed a new oversight agreement for the Louisville downtown arena. OSHA will forgo random inspections and instead review the sight quarterly. The arena’s construction firm must in turn keep dedicated staff on site to monitor safety.
Bill Carey of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet helped organize the new agreement, a concept that has been used on other large scale projects. He says many smaller projects don’t have similar agreements because they can’t afford the safety staff.
“It doesn’t really allow for shortcuts or going around something,” he says. “You really have to do it the right way, the correct way. It’s an investment, a financial investment as well as a time investment.”
If violations are found on the arena site, OSHA will stop construction instead of issuing a fine.