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Region 5 News Release: 06-1006-CHI
July 11, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976

OSHA Enters Workplace Safety and Health Alliance with United Building Centers to Protect 5,500 Workers in 18 States

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has entered into an alliance with United Building Centers (UBC) designed to enhance workplace safety and health protection for some 5,500 workers in 18 states.

"This is an opportunity for OSHA to provide training and technical support to one of the nation¿s major employers to help them develop safety and health systems," said Michael Connors, OSHA regional administrator in Chicago. "Our goal is to have every employee go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day."

The regional alliance is committed to lowering the injury and illness rates through increased safety and workplace health training, and a renewed attention to issues surrounding the safety of workers. In an agreement signed in Chicago on July 11, 2006, OSHA and UBC have pledged continued cooperation in developing site-specific safety programs, training new workers in workplace safety and health, and continuously promoting safe practices throughout the life of the agreement. While only Region 5, Minnesota and Michigan have signed the agreement, the training and outreach materials developed through this alliance will affect employees working throughout the United States.

UBC is a provider of building materials and services consisting of 187 retail centers, seven distribution centers, eleven truss plants, twenty five construction companies, two concrete companies, nine millwork companies, six rental operations, 13 truss/panel operations, and three panel operations. These facilities are located in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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