State, feds, plumbers target safety



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A new partnership between state and federal agencies and union officials is expected to improve working conditions for plumbers and pipefitters in the Granite State. The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Service and Local 131 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industries of the U.S. and Canada have joined forces to share best practices and technical knowledge providing Local 131 members with information, training and guidance to help reduce construction-related hazards. Efforts will focus on construction safety and health. Injuries caused by falls and electrocutions will be among issues addressed, as will struck-by and caught-between injuries. "This alliance seeks to equip workers with the most valuable tool of all," said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director, "the knowledge to identify, understand and prevent workplace hazards before they injure workers." Members of Local 131 will be given the opportunity to share their own specific expertise to contribute to the improvement or development of safety and health programs and workplace safety programs and guidelines, or to participate in stakeholder and other forums. -- TRACIE STONE Edit ModuleShow Tags