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Region 4 News Release: 08-1208-ATL (195)
Aug. 29, 2008
Contact: Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076


U.S. Department of Labors OSHA forms alliance with Palm Beach County School Board and American Society of Safety Engineers
Goal is to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses among younger employees

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is forming a new alliance with the Palm Beach County School Board and the Gold Coast Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses among younger employees in South Florida.

According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics national data, 124 fatalities occurred among employees between the ages of 16 and 19 in 2006, and more than 39,000 suffered serious but nonfatal injuries at work.

"These young people are our most valuable resource and this nations economic future," said Darlene Fossum, OSHAs area director in Ft. Lauderdale. "It is up to parents, schools and employers to ensure they are protected, properly trained and educated on the importance safety and health plays in their personal safety and career development."

A key goal of the alliance is the development of training and education programs for the Seminole Ridge Community High School Construction Academy and at other schools. The programs will comprise construction industry safety and health principles and practices, development of effective safety and health management systems, and expertise in c