March 26, 2007
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
DALLAS -- Enhanced safety for construction employees is the goal of a new partnership signed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Black Contractors Association. The association represents more than 100 companies, many in the construction industry, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.
The primary goal of the partnership is to create a comprehensive safety and health program emphasizing employer awareness of hazardous conditions, including prevention of electrocutions, falls and injuries caused by being struck by or caught between objects.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for OSHA and the Black Contractors Association to work together in promoting the value of safety and health for construction employees throughout Dallas and Fort Worth," said Kathryn Delaney, OSHA's area director in Dallas. "We are pleased the association is committed to providing a healthful environment for its member companies' employees."
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. More than one million employees and more than 33,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in more than 440 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
Employers and employees with questions about this and other OSHA partnerships may call the agency's Dallas Area Office at (214) 320-2400 or visit OSHA's Web site at www.osha.gov (click on "Cooperative Programs").
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.
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