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AEM and OSHA partner to enhance job site safety.


* The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance to provide construction workers and equipment owners and operators with information, guidance and access to training resources in an effort to help foster a safer working environment.

A special alliance signing ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1, with OSHA represented by Edwin G. Foulke Jr., assistant secretary of labor for OSHA and AEM represented by AEM President Dennis Slater.

The new alliance will target rough terrain forklifts, including tele-handlers and straight-mast forklifts, with a focus on potential operating hazards, including ground conditions, machine mobility, overloading and their use in lifting personnel.

Materials developed as a result of the alliance will be made available in multiple languages, including Spanish.

The alliance will also call for wider dissemination of pictorials such as those in AEM's online database of industry recognized pictorial illustrations-- This database is free for voluntary use by members and others involved in the design of equipment safety signs, manuals and other training programs. The database is currently being updated to expand the number and type of pictorials offered.

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Publication:Construction & Demolition Recycling
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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