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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
March 17, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Will focus on fall protection, scaffolding, forklift safety hazards
WASHINGTON -- The safety and health of workers in the masonry industry promises to benefit from an Alliance signed today between the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"We're pleased to join with MCAA and advance the safety and health of thousands of workers in the masonry industry," OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said. "This Alliance will not only bridge gaps between the industry and OSHA, but also help cultivate what I hope will be a long-term relationship focusing on worker safety and health with the entire industry."
"As contractors, we believe that one of our primary responsibilities is to ensure the safety of our workers on the job site," added Bill McConnell, President of the Mason Contractors Association. "For that reason and many others, we at MCAA are proud to be aligned with OSHA so that when an issue related to health and safety arises, we will be able to sit down and discuss it and work it out in an expeditious and mutually beneficial manner."
OSHA's Alliance with MCAA focuses on reducing and preventing injuries and fatalities from workplace exposure to wall bracing, fall protection, scaffolding, and forklift hazards. Both organizations have agreed to develop training and education programs on those issues, targeting mason contractors and their employees. MCAA will assist OSHA in identifying safety and health issues specific to the industry that can be addressed in web-based electronic tools and other electric assistance products on both organizations' websites.
OSHA and MCAA will cross train personnel in the association's best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by the groups. They will both pursue opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other chapter or national association events that serve the industry.
The Alliance also calls for working with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on fall protection, wall bracing, scaffolding, and forklift safety. Additionally, MCAA and OSHA will convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
In addition to developing and disseminating case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health, OSHA and MCAA will share information on best practices of MCAA's worksites with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach and training programs developed by both organizations.
Finally, MCAA members will be provided information on the potential benefits of participating in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, partnerships, Voluntary Protection Program and Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
MCAA is a national trade association of mason contracting firms. The Association provides contractor leadership in masonry promotion, codes & standards, workforce development, legislative and regulatory affairs and contractor education.
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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