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Region 3 News Release: 11-1062-PHI (osha 11-078)
July 19, 2011
Contact: Joanna Hawkins   Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5101   215-861-5102
Email: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov   uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Eddystone, Pa.,
company as workplace safety and health 'star'

EDDYSTONE, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recognized the employees and management of Liberty Electric Power Plant in Eddystone for excellence in the company's safety and health program. The work site has been designated as a "star," the highest honor in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs.

"Liberty Electric Power Plant's dedication to ensuring a safe and healthful workplace makes it most deserving of this honor," said Albert D'Imperio, OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office director, who recognized the company during a ceremony today at the Eddystone plant. "Liberty's management and employees have kept injury and illness rates below industry averages for the last three years."

Liberty Electric Power Plant is a natural gas-fired electric energy generating facility.

The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize private and federal work sites with effective safety and health management systems that have maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. Management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a system focused on hazard prevention and control, work site analysis and training. Union support is required for applicant work sites where employees are represented by a bargaining unit. Participating work sites are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/vpp/index.html.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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