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Partnering with the Southern Wisconsin Building Trades is one way that Wisconsin‘s OSHA offices aim to keep construction workers in our state safe and healthy

Partnering with the Southern Wisconsin Building Trades is one way that Wisconsin‘s OSHA offices aim to keep construction workers in our state safe and healthy.

People probably don’t realize, but of all the industries that OSHA regulates in Wisconsin, construction is the most hazardous and has the most employees. So it should come as no surprise that, year after year, our offices dedicate more than 50 percent of our resources to the construction industry. Whether we are conducting inspections, training or simply reaching out to workers and their employers, OSHA is committed to reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry.

The role that the Southern Wisconsin Central Building Trades plays in relaying safety and health information to its members is vital to OSHA’s mission. The construction worker himself (or herself) is the key to ensuring their own safe return to their homes every night.  However, workers need to know what their rights are on the worksite, who OSHA is, and how OSHA works.  OSHA has the resources to provide this training.

Training alone is not always the answer.  Enforcement is often needed to convince employers that employee safety and health should be the focus on all jobsites.   We have a special emphasis on Hispanic workers because they consistently have the highest rates of fatalities and injuries and we’re concerned about the effects of limited liability corporations (LLC) on work site safety.

The best source of information about any OSHA initiative is our web site, www.osha.gov. It contains a wealth of information about safety and health in the workplace and all things OSHA.  Together, we can change the injury and illness statistics in Wisconsin.

If you ever get lost on the web site as you are looking for something specific, feel free to call your local OSHA office and ask for assistance. Our two southern Wisconsin offices are located in Madison (608) 441-5388 and Milwaukee (414) 297-3315.

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