The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its partnership with Allied Construction Industries (ACI) to protect construction workers through increased training, daily work shift safety meetings, safety orientations and stand-downs designed to increase worker’s knowledge of hazards, required safety procedures, protective measures and equipment. The partnership was first signed in 2000.
According to OSHA, the partnership continues to emphasize reducing injury and illness on the job site by focusing training on the top four construction industry hazards – falls, struck-by, caught-in/between and electrocutions – as well as interactive training developed from on-site information and experiences.
Under the agreement, all employers, contractors and subcontractors will be required to
• implement written safety and health programs
• conduct daily pre-task planning, safety huddles and job site inspections and
• involve workers in safety meetings.
OSHA will review these programs at least annually to track and compare information on injury and illness rates, share best practices and review goals.
“Workplace safety is achieved when everyone works together to recognize hazards and follow safety protocols and procedures,” said Ken Montgomery, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “OSHA has found partnerships like this set the standard that safety will not be compromised.”