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May 4, 2007
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OSHA, ASSE, CSSE and industry groups team up to increase job safety for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) will join together to help educate the public on the benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week May 6-12, 2007. The theme for the event is "All Modes of Transportation."

"NAOSH Week is the perfect opportunity for the ASSE, the CSSE, and OSHA, along with 25 of our agency's Alliance program participants, to come together to spread the word about transportation safety," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Together, we will address ways to provide employers, employees and the public with the tools they need to protect our nation's working men and women."

"In the U.S. alone, transportation-related incidents continue to be the leading cause of on-the-job deaths," said ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP. "In 2004, some 43 percent of the 5,703 workplace fatalities were transportation related. Overall, 6,159,000 traffic crashes were reported in 2005, causing 43,443 fatalities and 2.7 million injuries costing us all an estimated $250.6