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Region 5 News Release:    07-1821-CHI
Nov. 29, 2007
Contact: Brad Mitchell Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-4807 312-353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms safety and health alliance with Chicago roofers to protect thousands in construction industry

CHICAGO -- Reducing injuries and worksite hazards and enhancing safety and health for roofing employees in the greater Chicago area are the goals of a new alliance joining the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA).

"OSHA and the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association will work closely to share best practices, as well as develop and implement safety and health training for temporary employees," said Kathy O'Connell, OSHA's area director in Aurora, Ill. "If we can provide these employees with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards, we will get that much closer to eliminating job-related injuries."

The CRCA is a local trade association of roofing and waterproofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors and consultants in the greater Chicago area. Its more than 275 members have joined forces to address issues important to the roofing industry, including employee safety and health.

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships. OSHA currently has 456 alliances throughout the nation with organizations comm