Jan. 29, 2008
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Program aims to reduce injuries and deaths by number 2 killer of construction employees
CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Compliance officers from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will present a free trench and excavation safety seminar on Feb. 21, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. CST, at the John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Road, in Carterville.
"Unprotected trenches and excavations can result in tragic cave-ins, which are the number two killer of construction employees in the United States," said Nick Walters, OSHA's area director in Peoria, Ill. "We want to help employers provide a safer and more healthful workplace for their employees, and to drastically reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur. This seminar will share best practices and excavation standards."
Trench and excavation safety seminars are part of OSHA's National Emphasis Program. The agency initiated the program to reduce the fatality rate in excavation work, which is 112 percent higher than that in general construction.
The Carterville trench and excavation safety seminar is one of six to be conducted by compliance officers from OSHA's area offices in Peoria, Ill., and Fairview Heights, Ill. The seminars are open to the public, but space is limited. To register, contact Becky Styron at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 618-632-8612. Each caller is asked to leave a voice mail message with his/her name, telephone number and the number of people attending.
|WHO:||Occupational Safety and Health Administration|
|WHAT:||Trench and Excavation Safety Seminar|
|WHEN:||Thursday, Feb. 21 ¿ 2:30 to 4 p.m. CST|
|WHERE:||John A. Logan College, Room H127, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Ill.|
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