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Region 1 News Release: 06-770-BOS/BOS 2006-138
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

OSHA and Carpenters' Training Center Join to Reduce Workplace Hazards for New England's Carpenters

BOSTON -- Reducing and preventing occupational hazards for carpenters throughout New England is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New England Carpenters Training Fund (NECTF).

OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's efforts to improve health and safety for workers through cooperative partnerships with employers, trade associations, government and labor. The NECTF provides hands-on training for carpenter journeymen and apprentices in the six New England states.

"This alliance is an excellent opportunity to reach out to carpenters throughout the region to help them identify and eliminate the most common and dangerous hazards they can encounter in their workplaces," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator.

The alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to a variety of construction safety and health hazards through the development and delivery of training and education programs to NECTF members. Training will focus on scaffolding, trenching, fall protection, electrical safety, struck-by and caught in/between hazards, among other topics.

OSHA and NECTF will share information on best practices and effective approaches, promote and encourage NECTF members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, and encourage NECTF regional council members to build relationships with OSHA's area and regional offices to address safety and health issues.

The alliance was signed by Kent; Richard Nihtila, director, NECTF; and Mark Erlich, executive secretary treasurer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters. OSHA has created more than 400 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. For more information about this and other OSHA alliances in New England, call OSHA's regional office at (617) 565-3070.

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