OSHA, Scaffold Industry Association Vow to Take Safety to New Heights

The safe use of mast climbing scaffolding and aerial lift equipment will be the focus of a new alliance formed by Scaffold Industry Association and OSHA, the agency announced today. The alliance also will address reducing and avoiding exposure to fall and caught in/between hazards as the two organizations work cooperatively to develop training and education programs for the construction industry.

"The collective expertise of OSHA and SIA can create a significant impact on the safety and health of men and women working in construction," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Through our Alliance, we intend to develop products, programs and resources for employers and employees to help reduce fatalities and increase awareness of preventable injuries."

Through the alliance, representatives will participate in OSHA and SIA conferences, meetings, and events such as SIA's 36th Annual Convention & Exposition. In addition, the alliance will disseminate information through OSHA's and SIA's Web sites, as well as print and electronic assistance and media tools. SIA President John R. Miller said the alliance also would significantly accelerate the delivery of scaffold- and access safety-specific training, education, and information "while renewing both parties commitment to reduce accidents, eliminate fatalities and create a culture of safe work practices."

Founded in 1972, SIA is a national trade organization representing the scaffold, aerial lift, and access industry worldwide. The association has more than 1,000 member companies including aerial platform dealers and distributors; scaffold and shoring erectors and renters; plank and platform manufacturers and distributors; safety and engineering consultants; and government officials.

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