OSHA Alliance Aims to Protect Employees Working on 'Old Ironsides'

Enhancing workplace safety for the workers who repair and restore the nation's oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution, is the goal of a newly signed alliance between OSHA and the U.S. Navy's Naval Historical Center-Detachment Boston (NHC-DB).

The Naval Historical Center provides administrative support to the USS Constitution, including the ship's maintenance and repair facility at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. NHC-DB employs specially trained and skilled artisans, including ship restorers and riggers, who ensure that "Old Ironsides" is safe to sail and continues to be a symbol of U.S. Navy history and heritage.

Under the alliance, the two partners will develop and deliver training programs for NHC-DB employees who repair and restore the USS Constitution. Training will focus on the recognition and prevention of fall, electrical, caught-between and struck-by hazards. OSHA and NHC-DB also will share and promote best practices and effective approaches to workplace safety.

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