OSHA, Workers Defense Project renew alliance to promote worker safety and health for construction workers in Austin

José P. Garza, executive director of the Workers Defense Project, and R. Casey Perkins, OSHA’s area director in Austin, sign a two-year alliance renewal agreement at the WDP office in Austin, Texas.

September 1, 2016

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Workers Defense Project

Alliance description: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Austin Area Office and the Workers Defense Project signed an alliance on Aug. 30, 2016, to promote a greater understanding of the workplace safety and health rights of immigrant Hispanic workers. The alliance’s goal seeks to help improve safety by informing workers of their OSHA workplace rights and increasing awareness of construction safety hazards with an emphasis on falls hazards, caught-in or in-between hazards, as well as struck-by and electrocution hazards.

Duration: The two- year renewal continues OSHA close working relationship with WDP. The two organizations entered the initial alliance in 2010.

Quote: “Together, OSHA and the Workers Defense Project are making a difference by raising awareness of common workplace hazards faced by construction workers in Austin’s immigrant community,” said R. Casey Perkins, OSHA’s Area Director in Austin.

Information: Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with businesses, trade associations, unions, consulates, professional organizations, faith and community-based organizations, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. For information about forming an alliance or partnership, contact OSHA’s Austin Area Office at 512-374-0271.