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OSHA Trade Release
February 23, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Aligns with Associated Landscape Contractors of America
Highlights Diverse Workforce, Focus on Reducing Strains, and Slips, Trips and Falls

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) joined forces today to further the safety and health of workers in large and small landscape businesses.

The Alliance unites ALCA and OSHA on efforts to provide all workers in the landscaping industry, focusing on youth and non-English speaking workers, with information and guidance that will help foster a safer work environment throughout the industry. The Alliance will focus on reducing injuries and illnesses associated with manual material handling, amputations, motor vehicle crashes, and slip and trip injuries.

"This Alliance is an example of how we are striving to reduce injuries in specific industries where the injury and illness rates are too high," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Landscaping is one of seven industries in which we're focusing considerable resources to drastically reduce those rates. Together, OSHA and ALCA can make a positive difference for the lives of thousands of landscape workers and the businesses that employ them."

"ALCA is dedicated to cooperatively working with OSHA and salutes their willingness to partner with industry," added Debra Holder, ALCA's Chief Executive Officer. "The Alliance will help