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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-06-63-DAL
Friday, Jan.13, 2006
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221

ExxonMobil Port Allen and Jacobs JE Merit Constructors Achieve OSHA Recognition

PORT ALLEN, La. -- ExxonMobil Port Allen Lube Oil Bottling Plant and its primary resident contractor, Jacobs JE Merit Constructors Inc., have earned membership in the "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recognition ceremony was held Thursday at the ExxonMobil Port Allen facility.

"These two organizations have demonstrated their commitment toward providing a safe and healthful work environment here in Port Allen," said Frank Strasheim, acting OSHA regional administrator in Dallas. "Their outstanding efforts exemplify the value of working with OSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses."

Both plants have maintained injury and illness rates substantially below the national average.

The ExxonMobil Port Allen facility employs about 40 workers who blend, package and ship lubricants, and process oils and solvents. The plant is part of ExxonMobil Corp., headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Jacobs JE Merit Constructors employs about 96 workers in Port Allen. Contract services include packaging, warehousing, laboratory, shipping and maintenance support. The company is part of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., headquartered in Pasadena, Calif.

About 1,370 work sites, representing more than 280 industries throughout the U.S., have earned OSHA's highest recognition as participants in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs. VPP participants typically achieve injury and illness rates at least 50 percent below their respective industry's average rates.

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