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OSHA Trade Release
April 5, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA, Independent Electrical Contractors Renew Alliance
Focus continues on reducing fall and material handling hazards and auto collisions

WASHINGTON -- A trade association of merit shop electrical and systems contractors agreed to extend its Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during a signing ceremony here today.

OSHA Administrator John Henshaw signed a two-year renewal for the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Alliance in order to continue providing more opportunities for advancing workplace safety and health.

"It's been just more than a year and a half since signing the Alliance with IEC and we can already see the progress of our cooperative efforts," Henshaw said. "I'm pleased that the association wants to continue working with us to further safety and health for workers in the electrical industry."

"Our workers are our most valuable resource and IEC has a long history of working to establish programs that will ensure their safety," added J.B. Wise, IEC National President. "Renewing this Alliance with OSHA continues to show our commitment to the men and women involved in this important industry."

As a direct result of the Alliance, OSHA and IEC have developed a web-based training tool ("eTool") called Ergonomic Solutions for Electrical Contractors. A motor vehicle safety workshop was also developed and presented at the 2003 An