Feb. 13, 2008
Contact: Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell
CHICAGO -- For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified a demolition company, Brandenburg Industrial Service Co. in Chicago and Milwaukee, Wis., as a "star" in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). OSHA's star designation is the highest level of recognition that an employer can achieve in the VPP.
Sandra Taylor, OSHA's deputy regional administrator in Chicago, today presented the company with a VPP star flag and plaque at a ceremony in Chicago for the company's outstanding safety and health programs in the Greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas.
"Brandenburg Industrial Service Co. has an excellent record in workplace safety and health," said Gary Anderson, director of OSHA's area office in Calumet City, Ill. "The company's notable success required a strong commitment from senior management and unions to ensure all employees have the tools and resources to benefit from a successful safety and health program at their worksites."
The demolition company has about 300 employees in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas and more than 700 employees nationally.
VPP, designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, is open to all industries and to companies with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages.
More than 1,920 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP, which has proven over the years to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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