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Region 4 News Release: 09-1335-ATL (375)
Nov. 3, 2009
Contact: Michael D'Aquino     Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076     404-562-2078

OSHA supporting crane 'safety stand down' day organized by members of Florida Crane Safety Alliance
Training on crane safety to be conducted throughout Florida on Nov. 4

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined forces with several construction organizations throughout Florida to actively support crane safety at construction sites in the state on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7 to 8 a.m. EST.

The Florida Crane Safety Alliance will conduct its first Florida "Crane Safety Stand-down." The stand-down will be a meeting with construction contractors to educate their employees on crane and rigging safety awareness. Posters and talking points will be available from OSHA and other members of the Florida Crane Safety Alliance.

"Once again, Florida's construction community demonstrates its commitment to worker safety and health by coming together in support of a state-wide crane stand-down. With the signing of the Florida Crane Safety Alliance, construction employers, associations and crane companies have shown their willingness to assume responsibility and commitment to construction worker safety," said Darlene Fossum, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale.

The Florida Crane Safety Alliance consists of OSHA; Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida; Associated General Contractors South Florida, Florida East Coast and Greater Florida Chapters; the Construction Association of South Florida, the Florida Crane Owners Council, the Florida Transportation Builders Association and the Commercial Council for the Florida Home Builders Association. This group is planning to conduct an eight-hour awareness course focused on rigging safety to provide participants with the necessary safety knowledge to work around cranes and rigging.

Members of the public interested in more information from OSHA should contact Darlene Fossum, area director of OSHA's Fort Lauderdale office, at 1000 South Pine Island Road, Suite 100, telephone 954-424-0242, or Vergie Bain at 954-424-0242. OSHA also has Florida offices in Jacksonville, 1851 Executive Center Drive, Suite 227, telephone 904-232-2895, and Tampa, 5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A, telephone 813-626-1177.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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