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Region 7 News Release:    06-1206-KAN
Date: July 13, 2006
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481

OSHA Renews Alliance with Kansas City Power and Light

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) agreed to renew their alliance that addresses overhead power-line hazards in the telecommunication and cable television installation industries. Recognized for its exemplary safety achievements in September 2005, the program has had a zero-fatality rate since the original alliance was signed in July 2004.

"We are pleased to continue this two-year program with KCP&L, and we applaud them for their effort in reducing electrical-contact accidents by working with OSHA in an alliance to raise safety awareness," said OSHA Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH.

"This collaborative effort led to a significant reduction in the number of reportable accidents experienced by KCP&L employees and independent contractor employees. No worker fatalities were reported by these groups since the alliance went into effect," Adkins added. "This achievement is a testimony to the cooperative efforts of employers, workers and OSHA to build a culture of safety, and we commend KCP&L for its commitment to worker safety and health."

OSHA and KCP&L have combined resources, including sharing expertise, technical knowledge and best practices with