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Region 5 News Release: 05-2131-chi
Date: Nov. 10, 2005
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976


OSHA Forms Partnership to Protect Construction Workers at Weston Power Plant Site in Marathon County, Wis.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has formed a partnership with the Wisconsin Public Service Corp., project contractors and subcontractors and labor representatives of workers who, over the next four years, will build a $750 million 500-megawatt coal-fired electric generation plant just south of Wausau, Wis.

OSHA's Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations and employers.

"This is an opportunity for OSHA to provide training and technical support to contractors to help them develop safety and health systems," said Michael Connors, regional administrator of OSHA in Chicago. "Our goal is to have every employee go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day."

The partnership is committed to lowering the participating firms' injury and illness rates through increased workplace safety and health training and a renewed attention to issues surrounding the safety of workers.

Since its Strategic Partnership Program began in 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed more than 300 partnerships, impacting over 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. 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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