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Region 5 News Release:    07-1036-CHII
July 19, 2007
Contact: Scott Allen
Phone: (312)353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA establishes alliance with Central Illinois Builders of AGC

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today signed a safety and health alliance agreement with the Central Illinois Builders of Association of General Contractors with a goal of protecting workers from construction industry hazards.

"This agreement provides an opportunity for the association and OSHA to jointly demonstrate that everyone benefits when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthful work environment," said Nick Walters, director of OSHA's area office in Peoria, Ill. "We want every employee to go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day."

The Central Illinois Builders of Association of General Contractors is an association that includes expertise in management and labor services. The organization represents 28 general contractor companies, 58 specialty construction companies, 54 associate supplier members and 37 union trade locals. This alliance will affect more than 20,000 employer and employee participants in central Illinois.

The builders association and union members have set goals to provide a safer working environment for all employees, achieve a reduction in injuries and illnesses, and prevent fatalities in the construction industry. Under the partnership, they will provide safety and health materials and education to employees.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S.