May 15, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
Agencies seek to reduce hazards to construction workers in all five boroughs
NEW YORK -- Building on an already strong working relationship, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed an alliance with the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) to reduce hazards and enhance safety for construction employees in the five boroughs of New York City.
The alliance builds on recommendations from the Suspended Scaffold Worker Safety Task Force and formalizes the existing working relationship between DOB and the three OSHA area offices that cover New York City: Manhattan (overseeing Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn), Tarrytown (overseeing the Bronx) and Avenel, N.J. (overseeing Staten Island).
Under the alliance, OSHA and DOB will cross-train their inspectors and managers, respectively, on each agency's construction safety standards, regulations and procedures, with a focus on the most common construction hazards likely to harm employees. The agencies also will exchange best practices; publicize and share construction safety information with employers, employees and agency personnel; and participate in outreach activities.
"Sharing knowledge, data and resources is the key to this alliance," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "The more familiar we are with each other's procedures and the more knowledge of hazards and safeguards we can share with employees and employers, the better our chances of having the city's construction employees end each workday whole and healthy."
The alliance was signed May 1 in Manhattan by New York City Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, Clark and OSHA Area Directors Richard Mendelson (Manhattan), Diana Cortez (Tarrytown) and Robert Kulick (Avenel).
For information about this and other OSHA alliances and partnerships in New York City, contact the compliance assistance specialists in OSHA's Manhattan (212) 620-3200, Tarrytown (914) 524-7510 or Avenel (732) 750-3270 area 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 468 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 www.osha.gov.
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