Region 3 News Release: USDL: III-00-10-11-097-VA
Wed., Oct. 11, 2000
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Office: (215) 861-5102
NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING HONORED BY OSHA FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH PRACTICES
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will recertify Newport News Shipbuilding as a member of its prestigious STAR Voluntary Protection Program at a special flag and certificate ceremony being held on Thurs., Oct. 12, 2000. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the company's facility, 4101 Washington Ave., Newport News, Va. Richard Soltan, regional administrator for OSHA, will make the presentation.
Newport News Shipbuilding, America's largest privately-owned shipyard, first became a VPP Star site in 1995. The company is noted for having a three-year Injury Incident Rate and Lost Workday Incidence Rate 55 percent and 35 percent respectively below the industry average.
"This accomplishment is especially significant because shipbuilding and repair continues to be one of the most hazardous industries in the country," states Soltan.
The STAR program, designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, is open to any industry, and to companies with injury rates below the industry's national average.
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