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Region 5 News Release: 06-1840-chi
Dec. 11, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312)353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Renews Safety and Health Partnership with Underground Contractors Assn. of Illinois

ITASCA, Ill. -- The Underground Contractors Association of Illinois, Itasca, Ill., and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have agreed to renew their partnership designed to promote workplace safety and health through cooperative training and education.

"By renewing this agreement, we've extended a successful project that continues to demonstrate that we all benefit when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthful work environment," said Diane Turek, OSHA area director in Des Plaines, Ill. "We are confident the cooperative effort will continue to help reduce injuries and fatalities."

The primary goal of the partnership is to ensure that workdays lost to injury stay below the national average for participating companies, increase training conducted by participating companies, and reduce violations of OSHA regulations, particularly in the areas of trenching and excavation.

"Trenching fatalities are among the most heartbreaking of workplace tragedies because they are totally preventable," Turek continued. "This agreement continues to help employers send their workers home safe to their families at the end of every shift."

Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers.

Since its Strategic Partnership Program began in 1998, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed more than 410 partnerships impacting more than 20,000 employers and one million employees across the United States. 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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