Jan. 30, 2007
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- Employees in the pipeline construction industry will benefit from a safer workplace as a result of a new Alliance signed last week between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA).
"This agreement will provide members of the APCA, including small businesses, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The Alliance will particularly focus on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards from bulldozer, excavator, pipelayer and other heavy equipment operation, as well as trenching, excavation and hydrostatic testing hazards."
"As the only trade association in the U.S. dedicated solely to serving the merit-shop pipeline and station construction industry, APCA is pleased to enter into this Alliance with OSHA," said Mark O'Roke, Sunland Construction President and member of APCA Board of Directors. "We are also excited that our outreach and communication goals will extend our efforts beyond strictly our trade association and member companies."
Under the Alliance, OSHA and APCA will work together to increase access for industry employees to safety and health information and outreach programs. Both organizations will develop and disseminate injury and hazard information at conferences and events, and through print and electronic media, including using OSHA's and APCA's Web sites.
Finally, Alliance participants will speak, exhibit and appear at various conferences hosted by each organization, and convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace, or provide input on safety and health issues.
Founded in 1971, APCA serves as the national association of merit shop pipeline contractors. The organization promotes the mutual interests and addresses industry concerns of its members and associates. APCA services range from security issues to providing key industry information and assistance such as continuing education on labor and employment, laws and regulations governing the pipeline industry, and safety, environmental, quality, drug and alcohol issues.
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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