US Department of Labor, Texas Panhandle construction industry group to continue alliance to protect workers’ safety, health
AMARILLO, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Panhandle of Texas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors in Amarillo renewed a three-year alliance designed to educate employers and employees on construction hazards.
The alliance focuses on reducing and preventing falls, electrocution, struck-by and caught-in-between hazards by increasing training and implementing best practices to improve safety and health programs. Last year, more than 12,000 workers and employers received safety training at various workshops and seminars presented by the Panhandle of Texas Chapter-AGC, a trade organization that has served contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and service providers in the 32 northern Texas Panhandle counties for more than 60 years.
“Together, OSHA and the Panhandle of Texas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors are helping to prevent injuries and illnesses in the construction industry,” said OSHA Area Director Elizabeth Linda Routh in Lubbock, Texas. “By renewing this successful alliance, we will continue to ensure industry employers and workers are aware of the hazards that exist in the construction industry and the importance of hazard prevention.”
The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.