Trade News Release
February 1, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Focus continues on areas of cranes and rigging, hearing protection and ergonomics
WASHINGTON -- An Alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Washington Group International, Inc., was renewed today to further create opportunities for continued achievement in advancing workplace safety and health. The agreement was originally signed in December 2002 and first renewed for two years in December 2003.
"Working with the Washington Group for the past three years has enabled us to expand training and target hazards in the engineering and construction industry," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "Renewing our Alliance provides an even stronger opportunity to reach out to this industry and improve workplace safety even more."
"When Washington Group signed the first Alliance with OSHA, our goal was to help make a difference in the overall practice of safety in the engineering and construction industry," said Stephen G. Hanks, the company's president and chief executive officer. "Three years later, we are very happy with the results and enthusiastically sign this second renewal."
The renewal calls for continued focus on the areas of cranes and rigging, hearing protection and ergonomics within the engineering and construction industry. The Alliance will target continuing education, training, outreach and communication efforts.
Since the Alliance was signed in 2002, OSHA and the Washington Group have been working together to provide training and education to construction industry employees, OSHA staff members, and educators across the country. For example, the Washington Group assisted OSHA's Boise, Idaho area office in arranging the OSHA Training Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry train-the-trainer program for Idaho educators. In addition, the Washington Group has presented their Safety Qualified Supervisor Training to employers, employees, and OSHA personnel from the National Office in Washington, as well as from the Denver and Seattle regions.
OSHA also participated in a Washington Group-hosted Safety Fest that addressed a number of safety and health issues including crane safety, accident investigation techniques, equipment safety programs, hearing conservation, and rigging safety. Washington Group representatives will continue to participate in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable that includes discussions on how the construction-related national Alliances could work together to address issues including fall protection, and design for safety.
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 workers 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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