Kentucky Labor Cabinet Partners with Gray Construction for project

Will work together with audits of Petfoods construction in Logan County

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — In an effort to increase safety during the construction of an $85 million project in Logan County, Gray Construction has entered into its first Construction Partnership Program with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. The formal site-based agreement allows the Labor Cabinet to conduct numerous jobsite audits during the construction of a world-class, 350,000-square-foot pet food kitchen in Auburn.

kentucky_seal_resizedKentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry L. Roberts today joined company officials from Champion Petfoods and Gray in Lexington for the official signing of the partnership agreement.

“This agreement is similar to an open-door policy,” Roberts said. “Gray wants our safety experts on hand as much as possible, and we want to be there to help identify hazards. The result should be a safe workplace, which is the goal for Champion Petfoods, Gray, the Labor Cabinet, and every worker involved in this construction.”

Champion Petfoods, headquartered in Canada, sells dog and cat food brands in more than 70 countries.

As part of the Construction Partnership Program, workplace safety experts with the Labor Cabinet’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health will make frequent visits to the site. Visits begin with an on-site conference of employees and subcontractors followed by a walk-through inspection to identify hazards.

All findings are discussed in a closing conference, followed within days by a detailed presentation of any hazards. In addition, abatement dates are set for deficiencies that have not already been corrected, and written reports will be prepared for Gray Construction.

Including this latest project, the Labor Cabinet is involved with 13 ongoing Construction Partnership Programs across the Commonwealth. This number fluctuates frequently as projects are added or completed.