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Region 6 News Release: DOL-OSHA-10-112-DAL
Monday, Feb. 22, 2010
Contact: Elizabeth Todd
US Labor Department's OSHA and Scaffold Industry Association form alliance to promote safety and health in construction industry
Agreement aims to protect workers in Louisiana and Texas
HOUSTON -- Enhanced workplace safety for construction workers in the states of Louisiana and Texas is the goal of an alliance signed today by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA), South Central Regional Chapter in Houston.
"We welcome this opportunity to join with the SIA toward emphasizing employer awareness of hazardous working conditions in the construction industry," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas, Texas. "It is hopeful that this cooperative effort will help prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities."
Under this agreement, partners will work together to develop educational training programs relating to scaffold and fall hazards, as well as applicable American National Safety Institute (ANSI) consensus standards. The agreement also will establish communication methods for providing information to employers and employees in the construction industry.
SIA was established in 1972 to protect and promote the interests of dealers and distributors of access and scaffold equipment and manufacturers of scaffold components. Several members from the South Central Regional Chapter are on the ANSI Mast-Climbing Work Platforms and Transport Platforms committees.
OSHA and the SIA signed a national alliance on Feb. 25, 2008, which resulted in creating the Mast Climbing Work Platform Safety Tip Sheet.
Through the agency's Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to safety and health, including businesses, trade and professional organizations, unions and educational institutions, to leverage resources and expertise to