Region 3 News Release: 13-333-PHI (osha 13-014)
March 19, 2013
Contact: Joanna Hawkins
US Department of Labor's OSHA renews alliance with Steel Erectors
Association and Iron Workers Union to protect steel erection industry workers
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today renewed an alliance with the Steel Erectors Association of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity Inc. and the Iron Workers Local Union No. 401. OSHA and its alliance partners will continue to promote workplace safety and health, provide guidance and training resources for steel erection workers, and enhance awareness of OSHA's national fall prevention campaign.
"This alliance renewal reaffirms our commitment to ensure that steel erection industry workers across the greater Philadelphia area have a safe and healthy workplace," said Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office, who represented the agency at the recent signing ceremony at 401 Union Hall in Philadelphia. "We will continue identifying methods to prevent and reduce hazards associated with the steel industry, particularly fall and struck-by hazards."
Since its inception in November 2008, the alliance has provided safety and health cross-training sessions to more than 1,300 steel erection workers and safety and health professionals in the Philadelphia area. For more information about this alliance, call OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office at 215-597-4955.
Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with businesses, trade associations, unions, consulates, professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html.
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 ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.