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Region 4 News Release: 11-1097-ATL (372)
Aug. 1, 2011
Contact: Michael D'Aquino      Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076      404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov      wald.michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA to sponsor heat illness prevention training
for construction workers during Georgia safety 'stand-down' on Aug. 3

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will join Georgia employers on Aug. 3 from 7-8 a.m. EDT to educate construction workers on job sites throughout the state about the dangers related to working in the heat.

The past few summers have demonstrated the challenges that hot outdoor conditions can present to workers in the construction industry. Heat-related illnesses can be a life or death issue for many workers. Even when workers do not die immediately from heat stoke, it can shut down major body organs causing acute heart, liver, kidney and muscle damage, as well as other problems. Workers suffering from heat exhaustion also are at a greater risk for accidents, since they are less alert. The primary focus of the "stand-down" is to educate workers about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and the preventative steps to take during hot weather.

"Workers die from heat-related stroke or illness every year, and every one of these deaths is preventable," said Cindy Coe, OSHA's regional administrator in Atlanta. "We are glad that the construction industry recognizes the importance of this issue and is supporting OSHA's heat illness prevention campaign."

The safety stand-down is a cooperative effort sponsored by the OSHA Atlanta-East Area Office; the Georgia Branch of the Associated General Contractors' Safety and Health Committee; and the Georgia Branch-AGC workers' compensation program, CompTrust AGC Mutual Capti