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Region 8 News Release: USDL 03-41
Thursday, July 3, 2003
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
Goal to Train and Educate Local Construction Companies
BISMARCK -- An alliance to train and educate construction companies, vendors and other contractors who perform work for a group of energy companies in North Dakota has been signed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Bismarck area office and the Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety (ECCS).
ECCS is a group of North Dakota energy companies working together to achieve workplace safety and excellence of energy industry contractor employees. Members include the Dakota Gasification Plant, Great River Energy, Montana Dakota Utilities, Otter Tail Power Company, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Minnkota Power Cooperative and the Tesoro Refinery in Mandan.
The alliance will develop training and education programs for construction companies in North Dakota to encompass construction-related safety and health hazards and to share best practices to eliminate or reduce hazards.
"The companies involved in this alliance place safety and health of their employees as their number one priority," said Bruce Beelman, OSHA area office director in Bismarck. "The alliance will help assure, as far as possible, that we can meet our triple bottom line goal of reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses."
OSHA will share up-to-date information, such as injury, hazard and workforce trends and the most frequently violated standards and other enforcement updates to keep member companies aware of what to look for when inspecting their jobsites.
"This alliance will continue to foster our good working relationship with OSHA, and will enhance our ECCS goal to have safe and productive contractor employees, which will benefit coalition members and the safety and health of our employees," said Rob McAdoo, chairman of the ECCS Coalition.
A team made up of OSHA and ECCS members will meet regularly to share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Bismarck area office. The alliance, signed on June 4, will remain in effect for two years.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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