Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-271-DAL
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 214-767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
Reducing work-related injuries and fatalities is top priority of partnership
SAN ANTONIO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed the Safety and Health Agreement Regarding Enforcement (SHARE) partnership with the Associated General Contractors (AGC), San Antonio Chapter. The partnership reaffirms a shared commitment to promote construction safety in the San Antonio area for three more years.
"The renewal of this contract allows OSHA and AGC to continue working together toward reducing serious injuries and illnesses of employees at construction worksites," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas.
AGC is a national trade association for the construction industry with approximately 500 member companies in San Antonio. The partnership, which began in 1999, represents an ongoing effort between OSHA and the San Antonio AGC to enhance safety and health programs among contractors and subcontractors. It also focuses on preventing workplace fatalities for more than 34,000 construction employees in the San Antonio area.
"San Antonio is experiencing a continual construction boom, and it is crucial that we take far-reaching steps toward assuring safety and health in the workplace," said Doug McMurry, AGC's executive vice president in San Antonio.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. Almost 1.3 million employees and more than 22,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in 512 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
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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