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Region 4 News Release: 07-941-ATL (169)
July 10, 2007
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: (404) 562-2078 (404) 562-2076

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA forms safety alliance with Hispanic contractors association to protect Alabama construction employees

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed an alliance with Asociacion Contratistas Hispanos LLC to protect Alabama construction employees from industry hazards.

OSHA's Birmingham Area Office and the association have signed an agreement to develop training and education programs focused on trenching operations, proper use of scaffolding and handling of chemicals. The goal is to reduce the number of injuries caused by these activities, including falls and electrical hazards, in the construction industry.

"Over the years, OSHA has investigated fatal incidents associated with these operations in Alabama," said Roberto Sanchez, OSHA's Birmingham area director. "Training, education and the use of safe work practices could have prevented these tragedies."

Materials and programs developed by the alliance will be produced in both Spanish and English.

The alliance is part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing effort to improve employee safety and health through cooperative programs with employers, community groups, and labor and trade organizations.

OSHA currently has 468 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. For more information, contact OSHA's Birmingham Area Office at 950 22nd St., Room 1050; telephone (205) 731-1534.

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


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