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Trade News Release
Dec. 17, 2007
Contact: Sharon Worthy or David Sims
Phone: 202-693-4679 202-693-1898

Secretary of Labor announces new membership of OSHA's advisory committee on construction safety and health

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of seven members to the 15-person Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).

"We are fortunate to have some of the brightest construction industry professionals to assist us in our mission of improving the working conditions of employees in the construction industry," said Secretary Chao. "The expertise these committee members bring will help make our mission a reality."

ACCSH was originally established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act to advise the Secretary of Labor on policy matters and the formulation of construction standards and regulations. The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health also consults with ACCSH when OSHA recommends standards for construction activities. Members of the advisory committee are selected based on their occupational safety and health knowledge, experience and affiliation with the construction industry.

"We have assembled a distinguished group of experts in the field of construction safety," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The level of skill and experience these committee members possess will provide invaluable insight as we continue our mission of protecting the safety and health of construction industry employees."

To ensure continuity, each ACCSH member, with some exceptions, serves a two-year term. Generally, the committee meets two-to-four times per year.

The newly appointed members are:

Representatives of Employer Interests
Thomas R. Shanahan, assistant executive director, National Association of Roofing Contractors

Daniel D. Zarletti, vice president/chief risk officer, Kenny Construction Company

Representative of the Public
Elizabeth Arioto, Elizabeth Arioto Safety and Health Consulting Services

The reappointed members are:

Representatives of Employee Interests
Thomas L. Kavicky, safety director/assistant to the president, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

Frank L. Migliaccio, Jr., executive director of safety and health, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

Representatives of State Safety and Health Agencies
Kevin D. Beauregard, assistant deputy commissioner, assistant director, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, North Carolina Department of Labor

Steven D. Hawkins, assistant administrator, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The continuing members are:

Representatives of Employer Interests
Daniel J. Murphy, vice president of construction services, Zurich North America

Linwood O. Smith, vice president of risk management and safety, T.A. Loving Company

Michael J. Thibodeaux, consultant, National Association of Home Builders

Representatives of Employee Interests
Dale David Haggerty, director, National Construction Agreements, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers

Robert Krul, director of safety and health, United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers

Emmett M. Russell, director, Department of Safety and Health, International Union of Operating Engineers

Representative of the Public
Thomas A. Broderick, executive director, Construction Safety Council and Chicagoland Construction Safety Council

Designee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Matt Gillen, senior scientist and construction program coordinator, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

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