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OSHA News Release – Region 6
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-1009-DAL
Monday, July 28, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710
BOYCE, La. -- Shaw Constructors Inc. has earned membership in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the star, or highest, level for achieving three years of excellence in employee health and safety. Shaw Constructors is currently working on the CLECO Rodemacher Unit #3 Project in Boyce.
Dorinda Folse, OSHA's area director in Baton Rouge, La., and Bruce Stark of the same office attended the recognition ceremony.
"Shaw Constructors has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "The facility's outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate that is 91 percent below the national average for its industry."
Shaw Constructors is engaged in building a third unit for the CLECO Rodemacher Electrical Power Plant. The work includes construction of foundations, structural steel, waste heat reclaimers, boilers, turbines and a dual fuel stack. The company has approximately 1,075 employees and about 265 contractors in the Boyce area.
Two thousand worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high degree of management support and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite hazard analysis; prevention and control programs; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the VPP. Companies in the VPP achieve injury and illness rates 50 percent lower than others in their industry.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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 www.osha.gov.
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