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Region 1 News Release: 08-1228-BOS/BOS 2008-246
Thurs., Aug. 28, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Rhode Island construction community invited to September 3 meeting in Warwick, R.I., to learn about 'Building SAFER in Rhode Island'
New industry/government alliance seeks to enhance industry safety and reduce hazards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Employers, employees and trainees in Rhode Island's construction industry are invited to a free meeting on Wednesday, September 3, at the New England Institute for Technology in Warwick, R.I., to learn about a new alliance to enhance safety and health.

It will be the first of a series of free monthly meetings sponsored by Safety Alliance Furthering Educational Resources (SAFER), a joint effort between representatives of the construction industry and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

At each meeting, members of the Rhode Island construction community will be able to network with safety professionals, learn how to control safety hazards, share lessons learned, exchange information, discuss OSHA regulations, and review local injury and illness trends.

"Knowledge is the key to providing and ensuring a safe and healthful work environment," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's area director for Rhode Island. "This meeting, and those to follow, will allow everyone in the state's construction community small and large employers, their employees and trainees, safety and health professionals, and OSHA to obtain and exchange vital