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Region 1 News Release:    06-986-BOS/BOS 2006-156
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


OSHA to Hold Free Safety and Health Seminar for Employers in Rhode Island's Cut-Stone-Products Industry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a free safety and health seminar for employers in Rhode Island's cut- stone-products industry on Wednesday, June 21, at the Warwick Public Library, Warwick, R.I.

The session is part of OSHA's outreach and enforcement program to reduce injuries, illnesses and deaths in New England businesses that cut, shape, finish, handle or distribute granite, marble and other natural or engineered stone products.

Six New England workers have died in this growing industry since 2004, including one in Rhode Island. Hazards to workers include crushing, silicosis, amputation, musculoskeletal injuries and hearing loss.

"We're reaching out to these employers to encourage them to take effective steps to eliminate these hazards before more workers are injured or killed," said Patrick J. Griffin, OSHA area director for Rhode Island.

Attendees will receive information on identifying and correcting safety and health hazards associated with cut stone work. They will also be encouraged to utilize the free safety consultation services offered to smaller businesses by the Rhode Island Department of Health's OSHA Consultation Program.


WHAT: Free OSHA outreach seminar for Rhode Island employers who cut, shape, finish, handle or distribute stone products
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Room 101, Warwick, R.I.
TO REGISTER: Call Maryann Medeiros at (401) 528-4669.
The seminar is free, but seating is limited.
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