Region 1 News Release: 09-136-BOS/BOS 2009-039
Wed., Feb.18, 2009
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
METHUEN, Mass. - Exposure to trenching, scaffolding and electrical hazards are at the focus of a new alliance between the Boston North Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New England Laborers' Training Academy (NELTA) in Hopkinton, Mass. The alliance will provide NELTA members and others with information and training resources to better protect workers' safety and health.
"We welcome this opportunity to work with NELTA on providing workers with vital training that will help them better identify, prevent and eliminate work-related hazards that can result in injury or illness," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator.
OSHA and NELTA will develop training and education programs to reduce and prevent workers' exposure to other hazards including those of the caught in/between, struck-by and fall protection variety.
"Knowledge is the most portable and the most valuable resource in any worker's toolkit," said Paul Mangiafico, director for OSHA's Boston North area. "Laborers and others will be able to carry the information obtained here to any jobsite."
OSHA and NELTA also will share best practices and effective approaches to safety and health, disseminate safety and health information through a variety of outreach activities, promote participation in OSHA's cooperative programs and encourage NELTA regional council members to build relationships with OSHA's regional and area offices.
The alliance was signed by OSHA's Kent and Mangiafico and by James Merlino III, director of the training academy. Since 1969, the New England Laborers' Training Trust Fund has been a recognized leader in the Laborers' International Union of North America's education and training structure. Its trainees receive intensive classroom and hands-on job simulated instruction in all aspects of the trade.
OSHA safety and health alliances seek to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 470 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. For more information about OSHA alliances in Middlesex and Essex counties, contact the compliance assistance specialist in OSHA's Boston North Area Office in Methuen at 617-565-8110.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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