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OSHA News Release – Region 7
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 7 News Release: 06-1206-KAN
Date: July 13, 2006
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) agreed to renew their alliance that addresses overhead power-line hazards in the telecommunication and cable television installation industries. Recognized for its exemplary safety achievements in September 2005, the program has had a zero-fatality rate since the original alliance was signed in July 2004.
"We are pleased to continue this two-year program with KCP&L, and we applaud them for their effort in reducing electrical-contact accidents by working with OSHA in an alliance to raise safety awareness," said OSHA Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH.
"This collaborative effort led to a significant reduction in the number of reportable accidents experienced by KCP&L employees and independent contractor employees. No worker fatalities were reported by these groups since the alliance went into effect," Adkins added. "This achievement is a testimony to the cooperative efforts of employers, workers and OSHA to build a culture of safety, and we commend KCP&L for its commitment to worker safety and health."
OSHA and KCP&L have combined resources, including sharing expertise, technical knowledge and best practices with these industries. Informational packets in English and Spanish were produced and distributed by OSHA and KCP&L that contained materials on safety and health programs, cable television line installation hazards, safety requirements for attaching cabling to utility poles, and OSHA information, including contacts for the Kansas and Missouri State Consultation Services.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 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 working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
U.S. Labor Department releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7765 or TTY (202) 693-7755. The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.
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