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Trade News Release
November 22, 2005
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Forms Alliance with Altec Industries, Inc.
Will focus on hazards associated with cranes, derricks, aerial devices

WASHINGTON -- Furthering the safety and health of utility and construction workers is the goal of an Alliance signed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and a leading manufacturer of cranes, derricks and specialty equipment for the utility construction industry.

Altec Industries joined with OSHA in a formal Alliance to address the safe operation of cranes, digger derricks, and insulated and non-insulated aerial devices (including tree care devices), with a focus on reducing fall and electrocution hazards.

"Reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities especially throughout the utility and construction industry is a priority for this agency," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting OSHA Administrator. "The collective expertise of Altec and OSHA can create a significant impact on improving the safety and health of workers in the industry. This Alliance gives us the tools to achieve positive gains toward that end and also helps encourage employers and workers to commit to safe work practices."

Added Altec President and Chief Executive Officer Lee Styslinger, III: "This Alliance with OSHA is another important opportunity for Altec to further our commitment to educating utility and construction crews on safe work practices. The agreement allows us to collabor