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Region 2 News Release: 05-2316-NEW/BOS 2005-352
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Enhancing workplace safety and health for workers in the heavy and highway construction industries in New York is the goal of a newly-signed alliance between the Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse offices of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors, New York State Chapter Inc. (NYS AGC)
Under the alliance, OSHA and the NYS AGC will provide information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety. This will be accomplished through the development of training and education programs addressing the hazards facing workers on heavy and highway construction work. The training programs will focus on reducing workers' exposures to falls, being struck by objects and equipment, silica dust and other hazards.
"This alliance will be an invaluable tool in reducing on-the-job hazards," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "We want to help educate contractors and their workers to recognize and avoid hazards on the job."
The alliance was signed Nov. 14 by Clark; John Tomich, OSHA's Albany area director; Chris Adams, OSHA's Syracuse area director; Art Dube, OSHA's Buffalo area director; and William Mascetta, chairman, NYS AGC.
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships. OSHA has created more than 350 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Additional information about this and other alliances in the area can be obtained by calling OSHA's Albany Area Office at (518) 464-4338.
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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