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Region 5 News Release: 08-701-CHI
June 13, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms safety and health alliance with Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council
Groups hope pact improves safety for area workers

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Reducing injuries and work site hazards, and enhancing safety and health for construction workers in the greater Toledo area are the goals of a new alliance joining the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council (GTUDP).

"Working together to share best practices and to develop and implement safety and health training to construction workers are the main goals of this alliance," said Jule Hovi, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "If we can provide these workers 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 GTUDP is a proactive network involved in all phases of excavation with the goals of protecting underground infrastructure and environment, maintaining service integrity for customers, and working to keep excavation activities proceeding in a safe and efficient manner. Its membership includes designers and developers, engineers, safety professionals, professional excavators and associated businesses and government entities.

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing