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OSHA Trade Release
Sept. 29, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Aligns with the Gilbane Building Company
Alliance will focus on preventing exposure to fall hazards

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Gilbane Building Company joined forces today to further the safety and health of workers throughout the construction industry.

OSHA and Gilbane signed an Alliance that will provide industry workers and employers with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect workers' safety and health, particularly in the area of fall protection.

"Every year, falls account for the greatest number of workplace loss of life in the construction industry," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "We believe combining our efforts with that of the Gilbane Building Company will prove successful in helping employers and workers to address fall protection which will reduce fall hazards throughout the industry."

Added Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr., Chairman and CEO of the Gilbane Building Company: "At Gilbane, safety is a core value. It's simply the right thing to do to protect all the workers on all projects. We know that OSHA shares our commitment to accident prevention and safe practices. It's an honor to formalize our long relationship."

The Alliance gives OSHA and Gilbane the opportunity to develop safety and health curricula on fall prevention and to provide expertise in communicating that information to workers and employers throughout the construction industry. Additionally, Gilbane will conduct two 30-hour construction safety courses to its employees during each year of the Alliance, and will offer th