• John Larrimer

OSHA Renews Partnership With Electrical Industry

The electrical transmission and distribution industry has renewed its vows with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Ten of the largest electrical distribution and transmission companies, unions and associations are once again forging a strategic partnership with OSHA to promote workplace safety and reduce injury and death for electrical workers.

“By working on common goals through the partnership, partner injury, illness and fatality rates have been reduced,” said the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “Through this national partnership, the partner companies and associations looked at factors causing fatal incidents and other serious injuries and implemented changes to reduce and prevent the number of fatalities not only within their own companies, but in the industry as a whole. We look forward to seeing even greater outcomes of this partnership in the future.”

The electrical transmission and distribution industry has been working with OSHA for a decade. Yearly workplace fatality rates are down from 11 in 2004 to 1 in 2013. Much of the partnership has resulted in the development of collaborative training programs for workers and supervisors to promote fall protection, regular safety checks and the use of protective insulation around dangerous equipment.

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Source: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25281

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