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Region 2 News Release: 08-630-NEW/BOS 2008-140
Tues., May 13, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) have formed an alliance to address construction hazards in the city's five boroughs.
Under the alliance, OSHA and DDC will cross-train their inspectors and managers on each agency's construction safety standards, regulations and procedures. The training will focus on the most common construction hazards likely to cause accidents, injuries and deaths. The two agencies also will share information about safety best practices and participate in forums, seminars and other events focusing on construction safety and health.
"This alliance formalizes an already active and positive cooperative relationship between OSHA and DDC," said Louis Ricca Jr., OSHA's acting regional administrator in New York. "A more thorough knowledge of each other's specific practices, procedures and requirements will increase our ability to work together to identify and prevent hazards, and enhance safety for construction employees throughout New York City."
Signing the alliance for OSHA were Ricca and the three OSHA area directors whose offices cover the five boroughs, Richard Mendelson (Manhattan), Diana Cortez (Tarrytown) and Robert Kulick (Avenel). Signing for DDC were Commissioner David Burney and Associate Commissioner Mark A. Canu. More information about OSHA alliances in New York is available by contacting OSHA's Manhattan Area Office at 212-620-3200.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 480 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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.
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