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Region 7 News Release: OSHA-03-578-KAN
Date: Wed., Oct. 22, 2003
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Residential Construction Safety and Health Partnership in Region
WICHITA, Kan. -- Promoting safe and healthy working conditions in the local area's residential construction industry is the goal of a partnership agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA).
OSHA health and safety partnerships are part of Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative initiatives with employer and labor organizations. Under the partnership with WABA, the association's 1,200 contractor members will receive information and services to help them comply with safety and health standards.
"This partnership is an example of Secretary Chao's commitment to foster compliance assistance for workers and employers to improve health and safety for workers," said Charles E. Adkins, CIH, regional administrator for OSHA in Kansas City. "This is the first residential construction partnership in the Midwest region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska."
The primary goal of the three-year agreement is to prevent fatalities and reduce the number and severity of injuries and illnesses affecting the employees of participating contractors. According to Adkins, fatalities in residential construction accounted for more than 20 percent of all construction fatalities in Kansas from October 1998 to November 2002.
The partnership will be evaluated annually, and either party may terminate the agreement after providing a 30-day written notice.
Additional information about the partnership may be obtained by contacting the OSHA area office in Wichita at (316) 269-6644.
OSHA is dedicated to assuring worker safety and health. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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