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Region 1 04-1598-BOS / BOS 2004-200
Monday, August 30, 2004
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Reducing and preventing workers' exposure to roadway work zone and construction safety and health hazards are the goals of a new alliance forged among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Maine Bureau of Labor Standards' 21(d) Consultation Project and Associated Constructors of Maine, Inc. (ACM).
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships.
"In 2002, roadway work zone incidents in Maine resulted in 745 crashes, 204 injuries and seven fatalities," said C. William Freeman, III, OSHA area director for Maine. "This alliance brings together the combined resources of federal and state government and the private sector to actively encourage employers to recognize and eliminate the all-too-common hazards associated with roadway and construction work."
Under the alliance, the agencies and ACM will work together to develop and deliver training and education programs on roadway work zone safety and health. The programs will cover a variety of construction safety and health issues, including trenching, landscaping, silica, falls and electrical hazards. The alliance will also enhance information sharing about the best means to prevent such hazards, and it will encourage ACM members and worksites to take part in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as compliance assistance, voluntary protection programs, safety consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
Freeman signed the alliance on behalf of OSHA. Other signatories were Jonathan McDade, administrator of the Maine Division of the Federal Highway Administration; David A. Cole, commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation; William Peabody, director of the Bureau of Labor Standards of the Maine Department of Labor; and Dana Littlefield, president of Associated Constructors of Maine, Inc.
Since 2001, OSHA has created more than 160 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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