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Trade News Release
Nov. 13, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Aligns with the Tree Care Industry Association
Agreement focuses on electrical, falls, and struck-by hazards

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined in an Alliance with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) to further safety and health for employees in the tree care industry.

The Alliance, signed Nov. 10, will focus on providing TCIA members and others in the industry, including small businesses, with information, guidance and access to training resources with a particular focus on preventing exposure to tree removal, electrical, falls, and struck-by hazards.

"Employees in the tree care industry are often exposed to very dangerous hazards," said OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke. "By working with industry leaders, we believe we can make positive strides in ensuring that employees in this important industry are armed with the tools they need to stay safe and at work."

Added Cynthia Mills, TCIA President and Chief Executive Officer: "The Tree Care Industry Association strives to keep safety at the forefront of all our efforts, and our Alliance with OSHA reinforces that mission. We are committed to lowering the accident and fatality rate and TCIA is proud to form this relationship with OSHA."

Through the Alliance, OSHA and TCIA will work together to develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and communicate that information throughout the industry. Information will be shared among OSHA personnel and