March 29, 2007
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today formed an alliance with the Vintage Township Builders Guild to promote job safety and health in the Lubbock area.
The alliance allows the Vintage Township Builders Guild to expand and enhance its training curriculum and to increase safety and health awareness throughout the community. The two year old guild, which is engaged in the construction of Vintage Township, a large residential community in south Lubbock, has a membership of nine local builders.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for OSHA and the guild to discuss safety and health hazards, and how to maximize employee safety," said Frank Strasheim, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Dallas. "We are hopeful that this cooperative effort will help prevent fatalities and injuries within the local construction industry."
OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. They provide a means for participating organizations to network and exchange information about hazards. OSHA has more than 450 national, regional and area office alliances nationwide with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
For more information on this alliance or about forming an alliance or partnership with OSHA's Lubbock Area Office, call (806) 472-7681.
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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