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Trade News Release
Feb. 8, 2008
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Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Renews its Alliance with the Washington Division of URS Corporation

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Washington Division of URS Corporation recently renewed their Alliance to encourage accident prevention, particularly in the areas of cranes and rigging, hearing protection and ergonomics within the engineering and construction industries.

"Our Alliance has accomplished great things in the past six years to educate employers and employees about hazard prevention in construction and engineering," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "With our combined expertise, we will continue developing guidance products and resources to improve the safety and health of the working men and women in these industries."

Alliance representatives participated in several events including the American Society of Safety Engineers' Professional Development Conference, SAFETY 2006; the Washington Group International Safety Workshop; and the 2006 Intermountain Northwest Safety Conference. Utilizing expertise from the Washington Group International, acquired by URS Corp. in November 2007, OSHA continues to update its Safety and Health Topics pages on Trenching and Excavation, Workplace Violence, and Safety and Health Programs. In addition, through the Alliance, OSHA developed a case study describing how Washington Group International incorporated its design for safety processes into the construction of the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility in eastern Idaho.

"We are very happy to renew our Alliance agreement with OSHA," stated Bradley D. Giles, the Washington Division's corporate vice president for environmental safety and health. "Our company believes our organizations' cooperative efforts help to improve safety for the construction industry workforce and further protects our employees and partners. Our association with OSHA over the last six years has been extremely productive in the health and safety arena."

The Washington Division of URS Corporation, employing approximately 25,000 individuals, provides integrated engineering, construction and management solutions to various markets, including power, environmental management, oil and gas processing, and industrial facilities. The Division focuses on the safety and health of its workforce, and offers continuous training to the public and private sectors.

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


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