Wed., July 16, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Goal is to help enhance construction safety in Massachusetts
BRAINTREE, Mass. - The Braintree area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined with the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABCMA) and Gould Construction Institute (GCI), the ABCMA's training affiliate, to provide Bay State contractors, their employees and GCI students with important safety information.
"Professional knowledge is the key tool for preventing occupational injuries and illnesses," said Brenda Gordon, OSHA's area director in Braintree. "This alliance seeks to provide ABCMA members, GCI students, and others with information on construction hazards and safeguards that will help them increase their ability to identify and eliminate hazardous worksite conditions."
Under the alliance, OSHA will provide information, guidance and access to training resources focusing on, but not limited to, such common construction hazards as falls, electrocution, noise, silica, and "struck-by" and "caught between" injuries.
Alliance partners also will speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA, ABCMA or GCI conferences, meetings and other events to promote construction safety and health. ABCMA and GCI members will be encouraged to build relationships with OSHA's regional and area offices to address construction hazards.
The alliance was signed by Gordon, ABCMA President Gregory F. Beeman and GCI Executive Director Barbara Lagergren. More information about OSHA alliances in Massachusetts is available through OSHA's regional office in Boston (617-565-3070) or through the compliance assistance specialists in the agency's Braintree, Methuen and Springfield, Mass., 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 480 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
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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