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Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 05-904-ATL (106)
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Contact: John Deifer                 Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (912) 652-4393       (404) 562-2076

OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers, Georgia Tech, Form Alliance to Reduce Trenching Hazards
Alliance Signing Ceremony Scheduled for Friday, May 27, in Savannah

SAVANNAH -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office in Savannah, the Savannah Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Safety, Health and Environmental Technology Division (Georgia Tech) are forming a Trench Safety Task Force Alliance to protect workers during trenching operations.

"Over the past five years, OSHA has investigated 12 fatal trenching accidents in Georgia," said John J. Deifer, OSHA's Savannah area director. "Safe work practices could have prevented these tragedies."

Deifer added that major area construction companies have indicated support for the alliance.

The alliance is part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve worker safety and health through cooperative programs with employers, labor and trade organizations, and community groups.

Event: The Trench Safety Task Force Alliance - Signing Ceremony