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Region 8 News Release: 12-2093-DAK
Oct. 22, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen     Rhonda Burke
Phone:        312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov     burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA renews alliance
with Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND
Alliance focuses on safety in wind power industry

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance with Lake Region State College in Devils Lake that focuses on safety training for workers in the wind power industry.

OSHA will provide consultation and course instruction on working safely while exposed to hazards inherent to the wind power industry. Lake Region State College will offer training for students and on-site contractors regarding the commissioning, operation and maintenance of the electrical generation equipment and controls for wind turbine generation systems.

"This is a great opportunity for OSHA and LRSC to continue working together to heighten awareness of the hazards associated with the wind power generation industry and to train workers accordingly," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is 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 inspections or any other enforcement benefits. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html.

Employers and employees with questions about this or other OSHA alliances and partnerships may call the agency's Bismarck Area Office at 701-250-4521.

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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