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Region 1 News Release: 08-242-BOS/BOS 2008-060
Mon., March 3, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA, Konover Construction and CONN-OSHA join to enhance safety and health for construction employees in Connecticut

ROCKY HILL, Conn. -- The Hartford and Bridgeport, Conn., area offices of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance with Konover Construction Co. and the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) to provide training and other resources to employees of the Farmington, Conn.-based construction contractor and its subcontractors in Connecticut.

Alliance partners will develop and deliver training courses for Konover Construction employees, subcontractors and others. The training will include OSHA's 10- and 30-hour construction safety courses, with emphasis on the industry's four major hazards: falls, electrocution, being struck by objects or vehicles, and being caught in or between materials or equipment.

The alliance also will provide opportunities to share best practices and participate in conferences, safety and health seminars, and other events.

"This alliance is a chance to make a positive safety and health impact on construction sites throughout Connecticut," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "While construction is a high-hazard industry, effective employee training can mitigate its inherent dangers and reduce injuries and illnesses."

Robert Kowalski, OSHA's area director in Bridgeport, added: "This joint effort will equip employees with the knowledge to help them identify and eliminate hazards before those lead to injury or illness. Training is a solid and ongoing investment, as employees will be able to take what they've learned with them to future jobs."

The alliance was signed at the offices of Associated Building Contractors in Rocky Hill by OSHA's Freeman and Kowalski, Konover Construction Safety Director Michael Capazzi and CONN-OSHA Consultation Program Manager Kenneth Tucker. More information about OSHA alliances and partnerships in Connecticut are available from compliance assistance specialists in OSHA's Hartford (860-240-3152) and Bridgeport (203-579-5581) offices.

OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts 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 460 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure 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 OSHA's Web site at


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