The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has entered into partnership with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Department of Labor (DOL) to continue focusing on employee safety practices in US shipyards.
The alliance programme will conduct training and promote best practices to increase safety and health in the shipbuilding and repair industry, including preventing worker exposure to electrical, ergonomic, struck-by and slip, trip, and fall hazards.
The organisations, bound by the alliance, will use injury, illness and hazard exposure data to help identify the areas to be addressed to promote safety across the sector.
The alliance will also explore and employ options to assess the efficacy of the alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers.
SCA president Matthew Paxton said: "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."
The alliance programme will also support OSHA’S prevention of falls campaign, which reaches out to the nation to promote awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.
Every year SCA presents safety awards to its member companies who exhibit excellence and improvement in their total recordable incident rates (TRIR).
Image: Screenshot of the result of the SCA alliance. Photo: courtesy of Shipbuilders Council of America.