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Region 3 News Release
Release Number: 05-1110-PHI (osha 05-074)
Date: July 5, 2005
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Wheelabrator Falls Inc., Morrisville, Pa., 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 honored recently at a recognition ceremony.
"Wheelabrator Falls' commitment to worker safety and health sets the standard for companies in their field," said Richard D. Soltan, regional administrator for OSHA in Philadelphia.
The company is a trash-to-steam plant, burning up to 1,800 tons of refuse a day to produce energy that is sold to a local utility. The site is noted for having a three-year injury and illness rate 15 percent below the industry average.
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. About 1,300 work sites throughout the U.S have earned OSHA's highest recognition as participants in the VPP. More than 280 industries are represented within the programs.
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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