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Entertainment alliance seeks to prevent workplace injuries

Entertainment industry workers in Illinois and across the United States may be heartened to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance that aims to support workplace safety in the field. As part of the alliance, OSHA will work with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to distribute relevant safety information and resources.

The agreement was renewed for five years. During this period, OSHA's resources will deal with the potential for workplace injuries and accidents due to electrical dangers, falls and poor ergonomics among other hazards faced by workers in the industry. In addition, the industry and union representatives will provide information to OSHA and other regulatory agencies about fall prevention, portable power and key technologies for safety. The information sharing involved will also include details about the rulemaking and enforcement process as well as national cross-industry campaigns.

OSHA is maintaining the alliance program in order to foster collaboration and development with groups and constituencies in the entertainment industry. By reaching out to groups directly involved with workers' safety on a daily basis, OSHA seeks to provide important information that could save employees' lives. The alliance program works hand in hand with standards enforcement in order to help protect workers on the job.

Despite these efforts, however, many workplaces remain too unsafe for employees. Catastrophic workplace accidents and injuries take place on a daily basis. With help from legal counsel, employees who have been injured on the job could obtain workers' compensation that helps cover medical bills and lost wages.

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