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Region 3 News Release: 12-896-PHI (12-078)
June 25, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson   Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102   215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov   hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA announces summer
'Construction Incident Prevention Initiative' in West Virginia

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a no-notice "Construction Incident Prevention Initiative" campaign this summer to curb construction fatalities. Compliance officers will focus enforcement efforts on construction sites covered by OSHA's Charleston, W.Va., Area Office, which includes the state of West Virginia.

The initiative is designed to identify and eliminate safety and health hazards at construction sites to prevent injuries and fatalities resulting from the four leading causes of incidents: falls, struck-by/crushing events, electrocutions and caught-in-between events. The initiative also will target health hazards involving silica, lead and hexavalent chromium, and will draw on OSHA's national campaigns to prevent fall hazards at construction sites and heat illness among outdoor workers.

During campaign periods, OSHA sends all of its compliance officers into the field to conduct immediate inspections when unsafe working conditions involving the four leading causes of incidents are observed at construction sites. On-site outreach also is provided to encourage employers to continue good work when it is observed.

"Despite its high fatality rate, construction can be a safe occupation when employers and workers are aware of the hazards and use an effective safety and health program," said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Philadelphia. "The increased presence of our compliance officers and the immediate inspections conducted in response to unsafe scaffolds, fall risks, trenche