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OSHA launches manufacturing emphasis program in Midwest

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Kansas City, MO – OSHA offices in three Midwest states have launched a Regional Emphasis Program aimed at reducing injuries and illnesses at manufacturing facilities.

Launched Jan. 25, the program will target for inspection manufacturing establishments in high-hazard industries in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Inspections will focus on manufacturers (with more than 10 employees) that have not been inspected in the past five years, and that produce food, furniture, fabricated metal and machinery, among other goods.

The agency also will provide 90 days of outreach to educate employers on how to eliminate hazards that may injure workers. More than 340 workers across the country were killed in manufacturing incidents in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The emphasis program expires on Sept. 30, but could be extended.

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