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Region 3 News Release:     04-423-NEW/BOS 2004-063
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Contact: John M. Chavez
Office: (617) 565-2075


OSHA and Latin American Workers Project Form NYC Alliance to Promote Workplace Safety and Health for Hispanic Day Laborers

NEW YORK -- Improving workplace safety and health for Hispanic day laborers in New York City is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Latin American Workers Project, Inc., (LAWP) based in Brooklyn.

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships.

"This alliance is aimed at fostering a culture of workplace safety and health for Hispanic day laborers, especially those working in the construction industry," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "Outreach efforts like this one are a major reason that workplace fatalities for Hispanic workers dropped six percent in 2002 after rising every year since 1995."

The alliance will formalize an ongoing relationship between OSHA's Manhattan area office and the LAWP, and will provide training in Spanish on workplace hazards in the construction industry, such as falls and electrical and excavation hazards. The training will be provided at LAWP's shape-up tent in Bayridge, Brooklyn, where the workers organize. There, OSHA staff will also provide the workers with OSHA publications in Spanish