April 10, 2008
Contact: Scott Allen
Reducing work-related injuries and fatalities is top priority
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wisconsin Builders Association have formed a safety and health alliance to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities among employees in Wisconsin's residential construction industry.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for OSHA and the association to come together and demonstrate that we all benefit when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthful work environment," said Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in Eau Claire. "We want every employee to go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day."
Participants in this alliance will work to reduce serious injuries and illnesses of all employees at worksites throughout Wisconsin, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to fall, electrical, trenching and excavation hazards associated with the residential construction industry. Special emphasis will be placed on awareness and monitoring of the safety needs of non-English speaking employees.
The Wisconsin Builders Association consists of 25 local associations across the state and represents more than 9,000 member companies involved in residential and light commercial construction, as well as subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, lenders and others associated with home building.
OSHA's area office in Eau Claire, Wis., developed this alliance.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 460 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
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 www.osha.gov.
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