GE Energy receives “stars among stars” award from OSHA for results at two northeast facilities

12 July 2004 – GE Energy facilities in Somersworth, N.H. and Indian Orchard, Mass. have been recognized as “Stars Among Stars” by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). GE was presented with the “Stars Among Stars” awards at the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick, R.I. in June.

GE Energy designs and manufactures industrial and residential meters, and instrument transformers at the Somersworth facility and provides operations and maintenance services for the Masspower power plant in Indian Orchard.

During the “Stars Among Stars” awards ceremony, OSHA recognized 22 VPP Star sites who had significantly reduced their 2003 total case incidence rate for injuries and illnesses (TCIR) and days away, restricted, and/or transfer case incidence rate (DART) compared to the site’s 2002 Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS), based on their Standard Industrial Classification code (SIC). The Somersworth facility reduced its 2003 TCIR and DART by 69 per cent and 91 per cent, respectively. The Masspower site reduced both its 2003 TCIR and DART by 100 per cent.

“GE Energy strongly supports OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program,” stated Ricardo Artigas, president of energy services for GE Energy. “For these sites to be recognized as the ‘best of the best’ demonstrates our team’s commitment to safety in the workplace.”

The GE Energy facilities were two of 22 VPP Star sites recognized, which also included the GE facility in Plainville, Conn.

Davis Layne, deputy assistant of labor for Occupational Safety and Health from Washington, D.C. presented the “Stars Among Stars” gold, silver and bronze award plaques to representatives from each of the 22 VPP star sites. Dan McDonnell, global operations manager, and Art Mullen, EHS leader, accepted the GE site’s bronze award plaque. Carl Lockhart, facility manager, Scott Garvie, lead mechanic, and Debby Cartney, EHS manager for the site administrator National Energy Gas & Transmission (NEGT), accepted the Gold Award plaque for Masspower. This was the second consecutive year the Gold Award was presented to Masspower for its performance of reducing 2002 TCIR and DART by 100 per cent.

OSHA’s mission 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.