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Region 1 News Release: 08-1286-BOS/BOS 2008-261
Thurs., Sept. 18, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA forms safety and health alliance with ConnOSHA and Independent Electrical Contractors of New England Inc.
Goal is to help contractors reduce hazards through training and information

HARTFORD, Conn. - Reducing hazards and enhancing the safety and health of electrical contractors in Connecticut and New England are the goals of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ConnOSHA) and the Rocky Hill, Conn.-based Independent Electrical Contractors of New England Inc. (IECNE).

"Electrical contractors work in a variety of settings, often in construction, and can be exposed to diverse hazards," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "This alliance will equip contractors in Connecticut and other New England states with practical knowledge that will help them anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards before they cause injury and illness."

Under the alliance, OSHA, ConnOSHA and IECNE will work jointly to develop training and education programs for IECNE members regarding electrical safe work practices, scaffolding, trenching, fall protection, caught in/between hazards and struck-by hazards. This relationship will include delivery of "train-the-trainer" courses and development of workplace safety and health curricula on electrical safe work practices. These will allow IECNE members who