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Region 1 News Release: 05-366-BOS/BOS 2005-045
Monday, March 14, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

U.S. Labor Department Joins with Business, Labor and State Government to Improve Safety and Health for Maine's Telecommunications Workers

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's telecommunications workers will have added protection against workplace hazards as the result of a new alliance signed by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state employer, labor and government entities.

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 with labor organizations, employers and trade associations.

In addition to OSHA, partners participating in the alliance include the Federal Highway Administration, the Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards' 21(d) Consultation Project, the Maine Department of Transportation, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2327 and Verizon New England Inc.

"Telecommunications workers' duties expose them to hazards involved with work in or at the edge of roadways, at significant heights and with energized cables," said Anthony Lemire, OSHA's acting area director for Maine. "This alliance is a mutual effort by business, labor and government to effectively address and prevent the most common hazards faced by these workers, including being struck by moving traffic, falls or electrocution."