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Region 5 News Release: 06-2052-CHI
Dec. 14, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312)353-6976

Nick Walters Takes Helm at Peoria, Ill., Office of U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA
Kewanee, Ill., leads safety effort in 88 Illinois counties

PEORIA, Ill. -- Nick Walters has been appointed director of the Peoria, Ill., area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to Michael G. Connors, regional administrator for OSHA in Chicago.

Walters will oversee OSHA program activities throughout 88 counties in downstate and western Illinois, primarily outside of the Chicago area.

A career federal employee, Walters began his OSHA career in 1992 in the Aurora, Ill., area office. Walters, who holds a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, has conducted hundreds of OSHA investigations in a wide variety of industries.

"I'm confident that employers and their employees in Illinois will find an advocate in Nick Walters for their concerns about safety and health in the workplace," Connors said.

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