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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-05-2265-DAL
Monday, Dec. 5, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
GRETNA, La. -- Entergy Transmission and Substations, Louisiana Grid, Virgil Street Office 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). A recognition ceremony was held at the company's local facility on Virgil Street in Gretna.
"Entergy Transmission and Substations in Gretna has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator John Miles in Dallas. "Their outstanding efforts include maintaining an illness and injury rate 71 percent below the national average for their industry."
The Gretna facility employs about 25 workers who repair and maintain approximately 49 electrical substations to ensure the local transmission and distribution system delivers safe reliable power throughout the facility's network. The Gretna location is part of Entergy Transmission, headquartered in New Orleans.
The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and promote effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. From coast to coast, approximately 1,370 work sites representing more than 280 industries have qualified to participate in the programs.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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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