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Region 2 News Release:     04-1605-NEW / BOS 2004-204
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Contact: John M. Chavez
Office: (617) 565-2075

OSHA Forms Safety and Health Alliance with the Northeastern Subcontractors
Associationand the New York State Department of Labor

ALBANY, NY -- The Albany Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Northeastern Subcontractors Association (NESCA), and the New York State Department of Labor's On-Site Consultation Program (NY Consultation) have joined forces to improve the safety and health of workers in the construction industry.

OSHA 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.

The purpose of the alliance is to provide members of NESCA and others with information, guidance and training resources that will help them protect worker's health and safety. The alliance participants will work together to deliver safety and health training programs related to construction such as fall prevention, eliminating electrical hazards, and excavation safety.

"This alliance is an example of Secretary Chao's commitment to find cooperative ways to improve health and safety for all workers," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's Regional Administrator in New York. "We want to help educate contractors and their workers to recognize and avoid hazards on the job."

NESCA is a non-profit trade association representing over 450 northeastern New York subcontractors, specialty contractors and material suppliers. Founded in 1971, NESCA is a full-service organization