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Region 2 News Release:     BOS 2003-201
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

OSHA, ABC Workers Compensation Trust, Form Alliance to Train and Educate New York State Construction Workers on Ergonomics

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Promoting safe and healthful working conditions for workers in New York State's construction industry is the goal of a newly established alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's New York offices and the Syracuse-based ABC Workers' Compensation Trust.

The Alliance will train and educate the region's construction workers in ergonomic hazards and the best practices companies have implemented to reduce those hazards. The training will both protect construction workers and raise their awareness of the value of ergonomic safety in construction.

"OSHA plans to reduce ergonomic injuries through alliances like this as part of its overall strategic plan for worker health and safety ," said Patricia K.Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "Alliances such as this allow the industry to showcase effective programs that protect the health and safety of workers and act as role models."

"This alliance provides a new collaborative approach to managing safety and health that will assist both OSHA and ABC Workers' Trust in achieving a high caliber, better trained workforce in New York State," said Charles Reller, administrator of the ABC Workers' Compensation Trust.

OSHA's Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, and Tarrytown Offices will work with the ABC Workers' Compensation Trust