May 12, 2015
OSHA launches new alliance in Houston to protect workers from falls
Participants: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today entered into an alliance with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston, American Subcontractors Associations-Houston Chapter, Gulf Coast Safety Institute of the College of the Mainland and the Scaffold and Access Industry Association to protect workers from exposure to fall hazards in the construction industries. Workers, managers, safety professionals and business owners in the construction industry participated in this free alliance signing event where demonstrations provided showed them how to inspect fall protection equipment and how to erect safe scaffolds. This alliance coincides with OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which takes place from May 4-15, 2015.
When and Where: May 12 at Lahyer Inc. at 8225 Hansen Road in Houston, Texas.
Alliance description: The alliance participants:
- shared information on OSHA's National and Local Emphasis Programs, regulations and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process;
- shared information on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers;
- convened forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall hazards; and
- encouraged worker participation in toolbox talks, skills assessment tests and targeted training.
Duration: Two-year agreement
Quote: "Falls are still one of the leading causes of fatalities in the Houston area construction industry," said Mark Briggs, OSHA's area director in the Houston South Area Office. "These tragedies are preventable and this alliance shows that we are working with industry and education partners to improve communication about existing hazards, prevent injuries and save lives."
Alliance information: Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.
Release Number: 15-738-DAL
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