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Region 4 News Release ATL: 03-121
Fri., June 6, 2003
Contact: Clyde Payne Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (601) 965-4604 (404)562-2076
Employee Exposure to Electrical Hazards
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi have announced an alliance to reduce and prevent employee exposure to electrical transmission and distribution hazards.
Between Oct. 1, 1999 and Sept. 30, 2002, OSHA investigated 137 fatal accidents in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi that resulted from contact with live electrical sources. Of these accidents, 65 involved contact with energized power transmission lines and associated equipment.
"OSHA believes that alliances, outreach and education can reduce these fatalities, the third leading cause of worker deaths in the Southeast," said Cindy Coe-Laseter, OSHA's Atlanta regional administrator.
The Mississippi alliance will focus year round on electrical safety by promoting a culture of prevention through training and sharing "best practice" methods to reduce and prevent employee exposure to industry hazards.
Staff from the Jackson OSHA office will mail letters to selected employers in the state advising them of ways to reduce these hazards. In addition to outreach and training, the agency's effort to reduce electrical hazards include intervention and enforcement.
Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi signed the alliance during a May 23 ceremony. The National Electrical Safety Foundation designated May as National Electrical Safety Month.
OSHA is dedicated to assuring worker safety and health. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information contact the Jackson OSHA area office at 3780 I-55 North, Suite 210; phone: (601) 965-4606, or visit www.osha.gov.
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