June 10, 2009
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OSHA Regional Administrator Michael Connors receives Philip Arnow Award
WASHINGTON -- In 1975, when Michael Connors first began working as an industrial hygienist in the Cincinnati Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency was only four years old and still in its infancy. In the years since, OSHA has grown to become a powerful force protecting America's workers from on the job injuries and illnesses and Connors' commitment and initiative have played an important role in this achievement.
In recognition of the exceptional leadership he has shown during his more than 30 year career with OSHA, Connors was presented with the Department of Labor's prestigious Philip Arnow Award last month at the agency's annual Honor Awards ceremony.
"I am proud to be part of OSHA's efforts to ensure that employers are providing their workers with the safe and healthful working conditions they not only deserve, but are guaranteed by law" said Connors.
In 1988, Connors rose to his current position as a Regional Administrator for Occupational Safety and Health, overseeing the activities of the country's largest OSHA Region, which includes Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Under his leadership, this Region has routinely surpassed its goals for both the number of safety and health inspections conducted and major violations uncovered.
Connors showed ingenuity in his efforts to reform industries with serious injury and illness records and increasing fatality numbers. Suspecting that some construction employers were letting their safety practices lapse when they thought OSHA inspectors were off duty, Connors worked with the National Council of Field Labor Locals and OSHA Area Office staff to conduct a Weekend Construction Site Inspection project. During a five month period in 2005 inspectors visited approximately 600 sites, issuing citations for the significant number of violations they found.
"Mike's long years of distinguished service are a credit to the Department of Labor," said Acting Assistant Secretary for OSHA Jordan Barab. "This award is a well-deserved tribute to a career spent ensuring that workers make it home from their jobs safe and healthy every day."
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; and providing training, outreach and education. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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