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June 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Forms Alliance with National Utility Contractors
Association of South Florida to Prevent Excavation Hazards

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a two-year alliance with the National Utility Contractors Association of South Florida (NUCA of South Florida) to reduce employee exposure to trenching and excavation hazards. OSHA signed the alliance to coincide with Trench Safety Stand-Down Week, June 17-21, 2019. Learn more about the stand-down.

The new alliance between OSHA's Fort Lauderdale Area Office and the NUCA of South Florida will focus on cave-in protection, silica, heat-stress, and atmospheric hazards associated with confined spaces. Participants will address worker rights, and the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards. 

The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.

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 help 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

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Eric Lucero, 678-237-0630,

Release Number:  19-923-ATL (210)

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