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OSHA Trade Release
March 17, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: 202-693-1999


Mason Contractors Association of America Aligns with OSHA
Will focus on fall protection, scaffolding, forklift safety hazards

WASHINGTON -- The safety and health of workers in the masonry industry promises to benefit from an Alliance signed today between the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"We're pleased to join with MCAA and advance the safety and health of thousands of workers in the masonry industry," OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said. "This Alliance will not only bridge gaps between the industry and OSHA, but also help cultivate what I hope will be a long-term relationship focusing on worker safety and health with the entire industry."

"As contractors, we believe that one of our primary responsibilities is to ensure the safety of our workers on the job site," added Bill McConnell, President of the Mason Contractors Association. "For that reason and many others, we at MCAA are proud to be aligned with OSHA so that when an issue related to health and safety arises, we will be able to sit down and discuss it and work it out in an expeditious and mutually beneficial manner."

OSHA's Alliance with MCAA focuses on reducing and preventing injuries and fatalities from workplace exposure to wall bracing, fall protection, scaffolding, and forklift hazards. Both organizations have agreed to develop training and education programs on those issues, targeting mason contractors and their employees. MCAA will assist