Shipbuilders Council and OSHA announce Alliance

APRIL 4, 2016 —The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Department of Labor (DOL), are collaborating to focus on continuing the industry-leading employee safety practices in U.S. shipyards.

The Alliance Program will develop training and best practices to promote safety and health in the shipbuilding and repair industry including preventing worker exposure to electrical, ergonomic, struck-by and slip, trip and fall hazards.  Additionally, the Alliance Program will also support OSHA's prevention of falls campaign.

"Safety of our employees has always been and will continue to be our top priority," said Tom Godfrey, SCA Chairman and CEO of Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk, VA. "Our industry's culture of safety is reflected in our excellent safety record which consistently exceeds the government standard set for all industries."

"I'm very proud to renew our partnership with OSHA, "said Matthew Paxton, President of SCA.  "The proactive approaches and dedication to improved health and safety of our shipyard employees demonstrates our members' longstanding commitment to the safety of shipyard employees. This alliance between industry and government will enable further dialogue on more opportunities to advance employee safety in the future."

SCA presents safety awards annually to its member companies who demonstrate excellence and improvement in their total recordable incident rates (TRIR).  Award recipients will be announced during SCA's Annual General Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, April 14.

The OSHA announcement on the Alliance can be found HERE.

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