Region 7 News Release: 08-59-KAN
Jan. 17, 2008
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Omaha Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Local 21 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers have formed an alliance to provide union members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will assist in protecting their safety and health. The alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to fall hazards associated with the steel erection industry.
"This cooperative alliance clearly illustrates our commitment to reducing safety and health hazards, while promoting best practices and technical knowledge for the steel industry," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "Cooperation between OSHA and the steel industry will promote new ideas and opportunities to assist employers and employees in reducing workplace injuries."
Local 21 and OSHA will combine their expertise to develop educational programs for apprentice iron workers to address fall hazards in the steel erection industry. In addition, the alliance will determine the most effective means to communicate safety and health information to employers and employees in the industry. The alliance signatories will participate in conferences, forums, stakeholder meetings and other events. For more information about this alliance, contact OSHA's Omaha Area Office at 402-553-0717.
At a signing ceremony in Omaha, Ben Bare, director of the agency's Omaha Area Office, represented OSHA. Mike Baker, business manager of Local 21, represented the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers union.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships. OSHA currently administers more than 460 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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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