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Region 7 News Release: 07-1485-KAN
Oct. 3, 2007
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Utility Contractors Inc. in Wichita, Kan., for safety and health excellence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that Utility Contractors Inc. in Wichita, Kan., has earned membership in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the highest, or "star," level. A VPP recognition ceremony for the company will be held October 5 at the OxyChem Basis Chemical site in Wichita.

Utility Contractors Inc. employs eight workers who are involved in concrete demolition, paving, construction, repair and installation of underground utilities.

"Utility Contractors has exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "The company's outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health and employee involvement in safety and health programs."

OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their respective industries. The program currently includes 1,793 worksites with companies from more than 280 industries.

Information kits about the VPP application and approval processes are available from OSHA's VPP manager at the agency's Kansas City Regional Office, who can be reached at (816) 283-8745.

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

EVENT: Voluntary Protection Programs "star" ceremony presented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
DATE and TIME: Friday, October 5 at 9:30am
LOCATION: OxyChem Basis Chemical Site
6200 South Ridge Road
Wichita, Kan.

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