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OSHA Trade Release
August 12, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

National Electrical Contractors Association Aligns with OSHA
Focus on Reducing and Preventing Exposure to Electrical and Construction Hazards

WASHINGTON -- The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are joining forces to protect workers in the electrical contracting industry.

NECA signed the Alliance today that begins a collaborative effort with OSHA for preventing exposure to electrical and construction hazards, particularly those relating to inside electrical, power line, and video-data-voice systems.

"We are actively working with employers in this industry to reduce hazards and improve working conditions for thousands of electrical workers," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Through our Alliance with NECA, we can draw on their expertise and work together to improve even further the safety and health of the industry's workers."

"Safety in the workplace has always been a priority for us, so the NECA-OSHA Alliance is a natural fit," added John M. Grau, NECA Chief Executive Officer. "NECA has the educational and training channels in place to deliver the latest information about new programs and best practices to continue the long tradition of promoting worker safety and health."

OSHA and NECA will develop training for NECA chapters that focuses on safety and health hazards in the industry, as well as ways to reduce those hazards. Additionally, p