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Region 3 News Release: 08-423-PHI (osha 08-045)
April 1, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5102

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA launches alliance with Roofing, Heating & Metal Contractors Association to target hazards in roofing industry

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Roofing, Heating & Metal Contractors Association have joined resources to promote workplace safety and health for employees in the local roofing industry.

This agreement establishes one of more than 470 alliances with OSHA nationwide, which are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. The Roofing, Heating & Metal Contractors Association represents approximately 20 small roofing contractors working throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan region.

Through the alliance, OSHA will work with the association to exchange information on the best safety and health practices in the roofing industry.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to reach out to small business owners with guidance on fundamental safety and health issues that may arise during their routine work activity," said OSHA Philadelphia Area Office Director Albert D'Imperio. "Fall hazards remain the leading cause of fatal accidents and injuries in the construction industry. With a focus on education and training, this alliance will allow us to work closely with employers to reduce employee exposure t