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Cianbro’s attention to safety impresses OSHA representatives

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Cianbro Corp. CEO Peter Vigue (left) and Bangor City Council Chairman Cary Weston look on as ceremonial steel beam is lifted into place on the new Bangor Arena in April 2012.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Nine months and 118,000 hours of labor after nine Bangor city councilors used ceremonial shovels to break ground for construction of Bangor’s new civic arena and events center, there has been just one minor workplace violation at the site.

It resulted in a $200 fine assessed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Sitewerx Inc., a subcontractor from Hermon, last December.

“In all, we’ve had three violations, all minor, and two are ongoing cases which may not result in any penalties,” said Tony Lemire, Bangor district office manager for OSHA. “I would anticipate within two weeks, we’ll have the most recent cases closed. I’m not anticipating any type of contest from anyone.”

The single OSHA violation resulted from not having every employee involved in an excavation being protected from possible cave-ins by an adequate system.

Lemire said what Cianbro has been able to do while managing and performing the ongoing construction of the new arena is nothing short of amazing.

“It’s very uncommon not to get complaints on a job that size,” Lemire said. “It wouldn’t be unusual for us to have to visit the site of a job this size once a month on average, but we’ve only had a couple visits total.”

And Lemire said in both cases, it wasn’t due to a complaint, a call, or requirement to make a certain number of visits.

“To be honest, we’ve had no outside calls or referrals for safety violations,” said Lemire.

That comes as no surprise to Cianbro senior project manager Jon DiCentes.

“We expect it because that’s how we operate. I can tell you that [the] safety and well-being of anyone connected with our projects starts at the top and trickles all the way down,” said DiCentes. “It’s not something we ever, ever take for granted.”

Cianbro recently reached a significant safety milestone, passing the 100,000 safe-hour mark with zero injuries, according to DiCentes.

“It’s all about attention to detail. That’s our culture,” said DiCentes. “We are proud of that and we tell people all the time not to be complacent.”

The $65 million arena is expected to open to the public on Labor Day weekend 2013.

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