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U.S. Department of Labor

Region 4 News Release:   USDL: 00-90
Tuesday, May 30, 2000
Contact: Terri Harrison
PHONE: (904) 232-2895 ext. 0


High Rate Of Fall and Electrocution Fatalities To Be Focus Of Meeting

Preventing falls and electrocutions is the latest emphasis of a special program to reduce the number of construction fatalities in Florida, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced. The new fall and electrocution focus of the agency's Construction Accident Reduction Emphasis Program (CARE) will be explained at a meeting on May 31 in Orlando.

"Too many Florida construction workers are killed on the job," said Cindy A. Coe, OSHA regional administrator for the Southeast. "And too many of the deaths are the result of falls or contact with overhead power lines."

The CARE program follows extensive outreach activities with an equally extensive inspection and enforcement effort. During the past two years, the three OSHA area offices in Florida -- Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa -- investigated 57 fatal falls and 23 fatalities from electrocutions, 13 of which involved overhead power lines. Statewide, in 1999, 26 construction workers lost their lives from falls and eight construction employees were electrocuted. These two hazards accounted for 63 percent of the total construction fatalities in 1999.

After the first year of the CARE program's enforcement and outreach activities, Florida reversed its alarming rise in construction fatalities. With the addition this year of the two local emphasis programs, OSHA hopes to reduce worker deaths in the state.

The Orlando outreach session, which will address CARE and the new fall and electrocution emphasis programs, is scheduled for Wed., May 31, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00, at the Central Florida Safety Council, 427 N. Primrose Drive. OSHA has held similar meetings in Pensacola, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa.

Partnerships between OSHA and the Florida safety and health community are expected to curb deaths further at Florida construction sites. On April 18, JEA, the Florida Department of Labor-Division of Safety, and OSHA signed a formal partnership agreement which helps each organization to protect workers more effectively. JEA has agreed to hold contractors and subcontractors at all JEA job sites to tight safety and health guidelines.

OSHA also expects to enter into a partnership with South Florida Construction Safety and Health, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving workplace safety and health conditions for employees. The partnership will consist of representatives from contractor and subcontractor associations, labor organizations, trade associations, safety associations, local universities and insurers.

Interested parties can obtain more information about CARE projects or about safety and health in the construction industry by contacting one of the three OSHA area offices in Florida: Jacksonville, (904) 232-2895, Ft. Lauderdale, (954) 424-0242, or Tampa, (813) 626-1177.

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