The CNMI Department of Labor hosted its second two-hour construction and mining outreach last Sept. 20, reminding both the construction and mining industries in the Commonwealth of rules and regulations to ensure their workers’ safety.
Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente noted that several guest speakers from different government agencies, including Labor Enforcement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, provided relevant information on health and safety in construction and mining sites on island as well as requirements and regulations on issuance of permits.
“The feedback received from the participants was constructive as they requested for more outreach from DOL to include other government agencies. I thank our partner agencies and to our acting director of Labor Enforcement and Compliance Mr. Jeffrey T. Camacho and guest speakers for coordinating the presentations, handouts, and vital information on their agency’s regulations and requirements,” Benavente said.
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres noted that strengthening OSHA regulations in the Commonwealth, especially in the mining and construction industries, ensures the safety of the local workforce, the resiliency of infrastructure and the up-to-date compliance of contractors.
“The safety of all employees and keeping employers up-to-date on regulations is a primary concern and I thank CNMI DOL, our partner agencies, and participants for taking an active role in assuring safe and healthy working conditions and enforcing these standards in the Marianas,” Torres said.
The government agencies that participated in the outreach were the Division of Historic Preservation Office, Division of Coastal Resources Management, Division of Environmental Quality, Department of Public Works, Department of Public Lands, and Commonwealth Utilities Corp. (PR)