US Dept of Labor

Occupational Safety & Health AdministrationWe Can Help

OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents
Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.
Trade News Release Banner Image

Region 5 News Release:    06-1612-chi
Date: October 18, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312)353-6976

U.S. Dept. of Labor's OSHA Forges Alliance with Columbus-Area Utility Safety Organization to Heighten Worker Protection

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Workers involved in trenching and excavation operations in the greater Columbus, Ohio, area can expect an intensified effort to keep them safe on the job thanks to an alliance formed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Greater Columbus Damage Prevention Council (GCDPC).

"Injuries encountered during trenching operations continue to be among some of the top safety issues in the country," said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus. "The saddest part about these kinds of accidents is that they are entirely preventable. We believe that our new alliance will help get that safety message across to everyone involved."

The alliance will concentrate on reducing serious injuries resulting from cave-ins; electrocutions; fires; road work-zone hazards; and utility work, with a special focus on emergency preparedness and response activities related to restoring utility service quickly and safely following a major disaster.

Under the alliance, OSHA and the council will work together to develop and deliver training courses and materials on safe trenching for area employers and employees. They also will exchange resources and information to raise awareness and commitment to workplace safety and health. Information will be shared through participation in a variety of forums throughout Ohio.

The GCDPC was created to bring together underground facility operators; government agencies; excavators; industry associations; and service providers. As a group, these organizations try to reduce damages to underground facilities, provide cooperation and coordination of construction activities, and improve communications, involvement and commitment to meet these goals.

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing effort to improve health and safety for workers through cooperative partnerships.

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


U.S. Labor Department releases are accessible on the Internet at 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. DOL 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
Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.