OSHA renews alliance with American Pipeline Contractors Association
On January 30, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had renewed its alliance with the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) to continue protecting workers from dangerous job hazards during equipment operation, trenching and excavation, and hydrostatics testing.
"As OSHA continues its Alliance with the American Pipeline Contractors Association, one of our goals is to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken to protect workers during pipeline construction for the oil and gas industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. "We value APCA's collaborative efforts to change the culture of pipeline industry workplaces so that employers and workers cooperate with a focus on prevention."
The two-year agreement will allow the alliance to share information on safety and health standards, worker rights, and employer responsibilities through forums, exhibits and stakeholder meetings.
Excavating is known as one of the most hazardous construction operations. To confront this, OSHA has written several standards and directives related to the industry. Ensure these standards are met by supplying the appropriate safety products, including hard hats, work gloves, and safety equipment such as high-vis safety vests to keep workers safe.