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OSHA signs strategic partnership
August 20, 2004
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Washington, D.C. -- The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a significant and unprecedented Strategic Safety Partnership today with five of the nation's largest electrical construction contractors, two key industry trade associations and a union which represents more than 750,000 members nationwide in a coalition formed to reduce injuries and fatalities of workers in the electrical transmission and distribution contracting industry.

The Partnership unites OSHA with five electrical contractors: MYR Group Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Inc., Pike Electric, Inc., Quanta Services, Inc., Utility Services, Inc.; three key industry organizations: National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The Safety Partnership leverages the resources of the partners to anticipate, identify, evaluate and control health and safety hazards associated with electrical transmission and distribution work. OSHA, the electrical contractors, the IBEW and the trade associations will share information on lessons learned and mutually agreed upon best practices with others in the industry. Their findings will also be publicized through individual training programs and materials. Additionally, the organizations will develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including the use of electronic-assistance tools and their respective websites.

The Partnership is a coalition of union and non-union industry members with the IBEW, OSHA and key industry trade associations to identify and provide consensus best practice solutions to reduce or eliminate the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the transmission and distribution electrical construction contracting industry. The Partnership embodies the willingness and commitment of the leadership of the partners to put aside differences in order to focus on the singular goal of providing a safe and healthful workplace for workers in this industry.

The Partnership utilizes a multi-tiered approach involving Executive Team, Steering Team, and Task Teams to develop findings and recommendations that are reviewed and adopted by consensus of the partners. The Executive Team, consisting of the Chief Executive Officers of the partners, will adopt consensus solutions with respect to recommendations made by the Steering Team, which is comprised of safety and health professionals from each of the Partners. The Steering Team will conduct incident-trend analyses, collect and review of accident data, develop and track training activities, and supervise designated Task Teams. Task Teams in turn focus on discreet safety and health issues identified by the Steering Team and operate within a timetable designed to expeditiously identify and develop discreet findings with respect to safety and health issues. OSHA will provide advice and consultation to the Executive, Steering, and Task Teams.

Signatories to the Partnership include John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, T. Roderick Henkels, President and Chief Executive Officer of Henkels & McCoy, Inc., William A. Koertner, President and Chief Executive Officer of MYR Group Inc., J. Eric Pike, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pike Electric, Inc., John R. Colson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quanta Services, Inc., Ronald G. Skarphol, President and Chief Operating Officer of Utility Services, Inc., Carl D. Behnke, Vice- President Human Resources and Corporate Services of Edison Electric Institute, Edwin D. Hill, International President of the IBEW, and John Grau, Chief Executive Officer, National Electrical Contractors Association

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