I agree. Back in 94 when we were tasked with re-inventing government, the Parsippany NJ Area OSHA Office piloted a partnership with NJ State Police, NJDOT, FHWA, and several local and national unions in addressing highway work zone safety. I was OSHA's lead in that partnership, which I might add is still going strong. We were a great success in lowering the fatality rate of highway workers. Several other states adopted our program. It remains one of the most effective partnerships that OSHA has ever worked on.
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I have to agree with you, NIOSH should show that they their input in making the OSHA act and they should come forward and address this issue. Construction safety training for supervisors and safety directors should be made mandatory and there are few states that mandates osha training.