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OSHA to extend alliance with USITT and IATSE

Oklahoma residents who work in the entertainment industry can expect continued support from OSHA. The workplace safety agency has renewed agreements with both the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). While USITT is a professional group, IATSE is a labor union.

The alliance, which is slotted to continue for the next five years, will address a variety of issues from falls to ergonomics. Specifically, those who participate in the program can learn about how to use portable power safely and create fall prevention systems. The groups will also share information with OSHA as well as participate in initiatives such as the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Through its partnerships with groups such as these, OSHA could help to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities related to workplace hazards.

Employers in all industries are already required to provide safe workplaces under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. OSHA's role is to make sure that these rules are followed. Through its alliance programs, groups such as USITT and IATSE can gain access to educational tools and other resources to help them comply with regulations.

Any accident that happens on the job could be costly to both an employer and employee. Employers may be subject to increased scrutiny from OSHA while also losing the production that the injured worker may have provided. Employees could find themselves out of work for weeks, months or permanently. Those who find themselves out of work may wish to apply for workers' compensation benefits. A lawyer could help with the filing process.

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