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Region 2 News Release:     06-409-NEW/BOS 2006-060
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

OSHA and NECA Form Alliance to Enhance Safety for Electrical Contractors in Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Reducing and preventing hazardous conditions for electrical contractors in Western New York is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Western New York and Rochester chapters of the National Electrical Contractors Association Inc. (NECA).

"This alliance will be an invaluable tool to enhance worker safety and health," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "Our goal is to equip Western New York's electrical contractors and their employees with the ability to identify and address potential hazards before they affect workers."

"OSHA and NECA will utilize data and job hazard analysis tools to identify, and then inform electrical contractors about, the hazards their workers will most likely encounter in their jobs and how to best address those hazards," said Art Dube, OSHA's area director for Western New York.

Under the alliance, OSHA and NECA will develop industry-specific training and education programs using data on the most frequently cited OSHA standards for electrical contractors, regionally and nationally. A noteworthy part of the alliance will be the use of "Safety Pays" tools to illustrate the economic value added by safe and healthful work practices.

The alliance will also encourage the region's electrical contractors to build relationships with OSHA and the New York