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OSHA News Release – Region 3
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 3 News Release: 05-234-PHI (osha 05-013)
Date: Feb. 10, 2005
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- PLL Corporation's West Region Electric Utilities in the Harrisburg Operating Area has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The company was recently honored at a recognition ceremony.
"PLL's commitment to safety sets the standard for companies in their field," said Richard D. Soltan, regional administrator for OSHA in Philadelphia. "The fact that PLL now has six generation sites and seven distribution sites with 'Star' status under VPP speaks volumes to this commitment."
West Region Electric Utilities employs 326 workers, including union workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 1600. This site is noted for having an injury and illness rate 34 percent below the average for the electrical service, transmission and distribution industry.
The main function of the operating areas is the transmission and delivery of electric service, which includes the design, construction, operation and maintenance of electric transmission, distribution and substation facilities.
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs promote effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system.
Companies that have been accepted into the Voluntary Protection Programs represent more than 200 industries. From coast to coast, approximately 1,100 work sites participate in the VPP
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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