The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Maine Department of Labor Workplace Safety and Health Division's SafetyWorks! outreach program, and the Construction Safety Alliance of Maine signed an alliance to promote workplace safety and health and educate construction employers and workers in the state on safety and health hazards.
The alliance will focus on protecting workers by reducing and preventing exposure to construction hazards, such as falls, struck-by injuries, electrocution and being caught in or between machinery and vehicles. It will also address ongoing trends in construction safety and health and promote workers' rights and employers' responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
"The members of this alliance share a common interest: helping ensure that workers return home safely to their families and friends at the end of every workday," said OSHA Area Director in Maine, David McGuan.
The alliance partners will use injury, illness and hazard exposure data to help identify areas of emphasis for outreach and communication, and use tools, such as member surveys, to evaluate the alliance’s impact on improving workplace safety and health.
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA works with organizations such as trade and professional associations, labor unions, educational institutions, community and faith-based groups, and government agencies to share information about OSHA's initiatives and compliance assistance resources with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.