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Region 1 News Release: 08-395-BOS/BOS 2008-094
Wed., March 26, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA and Home Builders of Western Mass. join to enhance safety for employees in region's residential construction industry

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Enhancing the safety and health of employees in the region's residential construction industry is the goal of a new alliance between the Springfield Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Home Builders Association of Western Massachusetts (HBAWM).

"Employees in residential construction are exposed to falls, electrical hazards, and being struck by or caught in or between materials and equipment," said Mary Hoye, OSHA's area director in Springfield. "This alliance seeks to equip association members and others with knowledge to better identify, anticipate and eliminate the most common construction hazards, and thereby reduce the possibility of injuries."

Under the alliance, OSHA and HBAWM will work together to develop and deliver training programs, including OSHA's 10-hour and 30-hour construction safety courses, share information on best practices and determine effective approaches to construction safety. It also will promote and encourage HBAWM members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, including the Voluntary Protection Programs, the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program and the safety consultation service offered through the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Springfield-based HBAWM has