New Alliance to Promote Safety for Texas, Okla., La. Construction Workers

March 6, 2006

Furthering the safety and health of construction workers in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana is the goal of an alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Association of Foundation Drilling South Central Chapter (ADSC).

OSHA’s alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. Through alliances, trade and professional organizations, businesses, labor organizations and educational institutions are able to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and outreach aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

“This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the construction industry to come together through forums, roundtable discussions and meetings to discuss the safety and health hazards faced by construction workers on a daily basis,” said Kathryn Delaney, OSHA area director in Dallas. “The alliance will increase awareness of safety and health issues including fall protection and silica and equipment hazards.”

ADSC, formerly known as the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors, was established in 1972. The association represents foundation drilling contractors and designers, drilling rigs and tools manufacturers and suppliers internationally.

The alliance will also provide training and educational workplace safety and health programs for small businesses and non-English or limited-English speaking employees.

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