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Region 4 News Release: 12-1203-ATL (213)
June 18, 2012
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076    404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov    wald.michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA to focus on crane hazards
with safety stand-down at Florida construction sites June 19
Contractors to stop work for focus on crane and rigging safety

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is joining with several construction organizations to create safer crane operations throughout Florida with a safety stand-down on Tuesday, June 19, from 7 to 8 a.m. local time at construction sites around the state. Contractors will stop work and hold safety meetings to raise awareness about crane and rigging safety requirements.

The stand-down is being organized by the Florida Crane Safety Alliance, which includes representation by OSHA, the Associated Builders and Contractors' Florida East Coast, Central Florida, Gulf Coast, First Coast and North Florida chapters; the Associated General Contractors of America South Florida's East Coast and Greater Florida chapters; the Construction Association of South Florida; the Florida Crane Owners' Council Inc.; the Florida Transportation Builders' Association and Crane Tech LLC.

The stand-down follows the signing of the Florida Crane Alliance, which illustrates the willingness of construction employers, associations and crane companies to assume responsibility and commit to construction worker safety. An informational flyer with more information on crane safety is available from members of the Florida Crane Safety Alliance or at OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cranehoistsafety/index.html.

Through its alliance program, OSHA works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA programmed inspections. For more information on this and other cooperative programs, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/index_programs.html.

Information on the Florida Crane Safety Alliance is available by contacting OSHA compliance assistance specialists Vergie Bain at the Fort Lauderdale Area Office, 954-423-0382; Joan Spencer at the Tampa Area Office, 813-626-1177 and Mark Davis at the Jacksonville Area Office, 904-232-2895.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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