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Safety alliance aims to prevent workplace injuries

On August 29, 2012, the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced they had renewed their alliance to boost worker safety and health by tackling construction hazard issues, improving injury and illness prevention programs, and enhancing motor vehicle safety.

"Our continued alliance with NSC will focus on, among other things, preventing worker injuries and fatalities from falls in construction,"  Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels said in a press release.

Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, added that the organization is looking forward to working with OSHA to "make an even greater impact in educating employers and workers on best practices in workplace safety."

One of the focuses of the alliance will be to reduce or eliminate the number of falls in the construction industry. Ensure your employees are equipped with the appropriate fall protection, including safety harnesses, and hard hats, and have a strong fall protection safety plan in place.