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Region 8 News Release: 09-380-DEN
May 13, 2009
Contact: Jeremy Eggers
Phone: 303-844-1299

OSHA recognizes Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems in Mitchell, S.D., for excellence in occupational safety and health

MITCHELL, S.D. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems in Mitchell as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) star site for achievements in occupational safety and health.

The company, which manufactures heavy duty suspension systems for private and military trucks as well as trailers, earned VPP recognition after implementing a comprehensive employee safety and health management system in accordance with VPP standards, which exceed minimum OSHA standards.

"The Hendrickson manufacturing site in Mitchell is a tremendous example of what can be accomplished when employees and management put safety as a core value in their daily operations. We are very proud to recognize the men and women of Hendrickson for their industry-leading commitment to employee safety and health," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver.

Tom Deutscher, OSHA's compliance assistance specialist in Bismarck, N.D., presented a VPP flag and plaque during a May 13 ceremony at the company's site.

The VPP offers employers the opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants who successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems.

About 2,160 worksites nationwide, representing more than 270 industries, have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high degree of management commitment and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control program; 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 average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries.

For more information about the VPP, call OSHA's regional VPP manager at 720-264-6555 or visit http://www.osha.gov/vpp.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their workers. 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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