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OSHA News Release
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Region 7


May 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning
Contractors Sign Alliance to Protect Workers

OSHA and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association-Kansas City Chapter (SMACNA-KC) have signed an alliance to protect workers on the job. Present at the signing were from left: Ryan Hodge, Wichita OSHA Area Director; Bob Daly, SMACNA- KC President; Stacey Smyly, SMACNA-KC Executive Director; Steve Ratliff, SMACNA-KC Safety Manager; and Karena Lorek, OSHA Kansas City Area Director.
OSHA and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association-Kansas City Chapter (SMACNA-KC) have signed an alliance to protect workers on the job. Present at the signing were from left: Ryan Hodge, Wichita OSHA Area Director; Bob Daly, SMACNA- KC President; Stacey Smyly, SMACNA-KC Executive Director; Steve Ratliff, SMACNA-KC Safety Manager; and Karena Lorek, OSHA Kansas City Area Director.

KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association Kansas City Chapter (SMACNA-KC) have signed an alliance to protect sheet metal and air conditioning employees from industry-specific hazards.

The alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to falls, struck-by, caught-in/between, electrocutions, amputations, cuts, lacerations or punctures, lockout/tagout hazards, and machine guarding. In addition, participants will use injury, illness, and hazard exposure data to identify areas for greater awareness, outreach, and communication to workers and employers.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, businesses, faith and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, share information with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

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 ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-4727, allen.scott@dol.gov
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-6976, burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Release Number: 18-913-CHI


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