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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
OSHA Trade Release
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Contact: Layne Lathram
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Agency's Original Office Destroyed in 9-11-01 World Trade Center Attack
NEW YORK -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today officially re-opened its Manhattan Area Office, a year and a half after it was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, inaugurated the new office, located at 201 Varick Street.
"Although OSHA's Manhattan Area Office was destroyed on September 11, 2001, its employees stepped up to the challenge and continued their work undaunted," said Henshaw. "With the opening of this new facility, OSHA's Manhattan Area Office has a permanent home from which it will continue its important work of protecting the workers it serves so well."
OSHA's original office, located in Building Six of the World Trade Center complex, was destroyed by the terrorist attack. Staff from that office safely evacuated, regrouped, and soon returned to service at the site of their former office. There, joined by over one thousand other OSHA professionals, they worked around the clock for 10 months to protect the safety and health of workers at the site.
During the operation, OSHA workers fitted more than 6,100 workers for respirators, including 2,700 New York fire department employees; distributed on-site more than 130,000 respirators; collected more than 6,000 samples of hazardous substances; and most importantly, ensured that no more lives were lost at the site.
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