Aug. 6, 2008
Contact: Michael Wald
Training on crane safety to be conducted throughout Georgia on August 8
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is actively supporting crane 'Safety Stand Down' on Friday, August 8, which is being organized by the Georgia branch of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
That morning, construction companies throughout the state will stop work and provide employees with additional safety training for equipment ranging from crawlers to tower cranes. The stand down is designed to demonstrate the commitment of Georgia's construction industry to improving workplace safety.
"The AGC Georgia branch's initiative and leadership in organizing and conducting this industry-wide, statewide effort is a strong statement about its belief in the importance of safety in the construction community and workforce," said Cindy Coe, OSHA's regional administrator for the Southeast.
Safety stand downs are not new to the construction industry. AGC chapters across the country regularly organize stand downs for their association members. The AGC Georgia branch will provide training materials on crane safety to registered participants. Both AGC members and non-members are encouraged to participate and can register by contacting Cherri Watson of AGC at 678-298-4104.
Individuals interested in more information from OSHA should contact Andre Richards, area director of OSHA's Atlanta-West office at 2400 Herodian Way, Suite 250, Smyrna, Ga.; telephone 770-984-8700. Other offices in Georgia serve Atlanta-East, LaVista Perimeter Office Park, Building 7, Suite 110, Tucker; telephone 770-493-7725; and Savannah, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite J; telephone 912-652-4393.
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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