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PR- 410-06
November 22, 2006


Mayor Michael Bloomberg today released the first in a series of public service announcements (PSA) to air on Spanish language radio stations promoting increased safety on hanging scaffolds. The first 15 second radio PSA, recorded by Mayor Bloomberg, began airing today on Radio WADO 1280 AM, the Spanish-language news talk radio station in New York City. The Spanish language radio PSAs are part of a grass roots safety awareness campaign spearheaded by the New York City Scaffold Safety Task Force.

"As New York's economy continues to boom, we need to ensure that the people who are building our City are safe," said Mayor Bloomberg. "We created the Scaffold Safety Task Force so that immigrant workers who come to New York looking for a better life for themselves and their families know about safety measures and procedures, and I want to thank Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Roman for her help in setting up this radio outreach campaign on behalf of the City."

Earlier this month, Deputy Mayors Carol Robles-Roman and Dan Doctoroff announced the creation of a Scaffold Safety Task Force to address growing concerns about the safety of workers on hanging scaffolds. The Task Force is comprised of representatives from Federal, State, and City governments, labor unions, contractors, and organizations serving immigrants and limited English proficient individuals. It is working on a comprehensive plan to reduce the dangers faced by workers and the public to ensure the City is a safer and better place to live, work and build.

The following is the text of the 15 second PSA, audio copies of which are available from the Mayor's Press Office:

"Les habla el alcalde Mike Bloomberg. Si trabaja en andamios, use siempre un cinturón de seguridad y reporte trabajos peligrosos al 3-1-1. Se habla español y es confidencial. Su vida es muy valiosa."

English Translation - "This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. If you work on scaffolds, always wear a safety harness and report dangerous work sites to 3-1-1. They speak Spanish and the call is confidential. Your life is very valuable."


Stu Loeser / Evelyn Erskine   (212) 788-2958

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