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OSHA Trade Release
August 20, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Electrical Contractors, Labor, Industry Associations
Coalition to leverage resources to reduce worker fatalities, injuries and illnesses
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of workers in the electrical transmission and distribution industry will benefit from a major partnership signed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and electrical contractors, industry trade associations, and a labor organization that represents more than 750,000 members nationwide.
"This partnership was constructed on mutual respect and trust by each organization with the single goal of reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the industry," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Each of us, as partners, believes that this cooperative effort provides us the best opportunity to identify, develop and communicate best practices which will make great strides in reducing injuries and fatalities in the industry. We're ready to get started and I am eager to see positive results."
Organizations joining OSHA in the strategic partnership include: five electrical contractors (Henkels & McCoy, Inc., MYR Group, Inc., Pike Electric, Inc., Quanta Services, Inc., and Utility Services, Inc.); two trade associations (National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA); and Edison Electric Institute (EEI)); and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
The partnership is based on the systematic anticipation, identification, evaluation, and control of health and safety hazards during electrical construction transmission and distribution work, with the overall objective being the reduction of fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the industry. Five specific goals have been established to achieve that objective: data analysis and identification of target areas; identifying and implementing best practices; development and delivery of training; outreach and communication; and a program evaluation.
The partnership was structured using a multi-tiered approach with separate executive, steering, and task teams. Working together, the teams will develop findings and recommendations that will be reviewed. OSHA and its fellow partners will share with others in the industry information on lessons learned and mutually agreed upon best practices.
The partnership encourages participation in the safety process by industry members, workers, and other interested parties. The agreement also calls for the partners to commit to the goal of providing a safer and more healthful workplace for industry workers.
OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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